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Senior Spotlight: Joey Tumminello

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogJoey Tumminello is a 2015 graduate with a major in Finance with a Real Estate concentration from New Orleans, Louisiana. This summer, Joey will begin his time with Marcus and Millichap, a Commercial Real Estate Broker in Dallas. He will specifically be working in a group called Institutional Property Advisors, or IPA, which brokers the sale of class A multi-family properties in the DFW metroplex, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. When asked why this opportunity appealed to him, Joey said:

“I worked at Marcus and Millichap last summer as a Research Analyst and I knew getting on the brokerage side was exactly what I wanted to do. The team works together incredibly well and I feel like I could make an impact and learn an exceptional amount about the commercial real estate industry along the way. Also, this is a sales job which really fuels my entrepreneurial spirit and will help me learn from professionals who have established credibility in the DFW area.”

Joey is one of many students in the Neeley School of Business who will end up working full-time for the company for which he interned as a student. Not only are Neeley students positioned to obtain internships during their undergraduate experience, but they are well equipped to make an impact as interns to ensure full-time employment after graduation. By concentrating his Finance degree with Real Estate, Joey walked across the stage ready to make waves at Marcus and Millichap. He is going to do great things and we’re excited to see them happen!


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Senior Spotlight: Courtney Garcia

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogCourtney Garcia is a 2015 Speech-Language Pathology graduate from Las Vegas, Nevada. This fall, she will be serving as a graduate student in TCU’s Speech-Language Pathology graduate program, in which she will attend classes and work with multiple clients on a weekly basis. She will also work closely with one of the professors in the program as a graduate assistant to prepare her to have a successful career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. When asked about the program, Courtney said:

“I am so excited to be a part of this program. The professors are incredible role models, and I am thrilled to get to work closely with them for the next two years. As a professional, I would like to work with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and this program will help me to achieve that goal. I am very thankful for the opportunity to attend TCU’s Speech-Language Pathology master’s program.”

Courtney’s ability to continue her education in TCU’s selective graduate program was bolstered by the significant hands-on learning she was able to obtain as an undergrad. TCU’s Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders does a fantastic job of providing real-world experiences by allowing its students to work with actual clients as juniors and seniors. Courtney is off to do amazing things and will continually impact those with developmental disabilities!


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Senior Spotlight: Lydia McGarva

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogLydia McGarva is a graduate from the class of 2015 with majors in Anthropology and Writing from Lakeview, Oregon. This fall, Lydia will begin her time as a middle school special education teacher in South Carolina through Teach for America. Teach for America trains recent college graduates to work in low-income schools throughout the United States to equalize educational opportunities across the country. When asked why the experience with Teach for America interested her, Lydia said:

“Even though my majors in Anthropology and Writing didn’t lead to me education, my passion for empowerment did. Through various routes such as internships, volunteering, and advocacy campaigns, I learned that helping other people realize their potential and worth is what makes me happiest. I have been a Teacher’s Assistant at HOPE Farm Inc. in Fort Worth for almost three years now and the things that I have learned there have motivated me to take my education and put it to use for children who deserve the most from their school experience. I believe that our zip code should not dictate the quality of education that we receive and I believe that TCU has helped me develop a passion for service and knowledge. I’m going to be teaching in a small rural community similar in size to my own hometown in Oregon, so I’m excited to help my students see that higher education is more than just a dream, but rather a reality! Every student has an inner-genius and I’m going to make it my mission to help them realize that.”

Many TCU students pursue opportunities such as Teach for America after graduation. Through its mission, TCU instills ideas of ethical leadership and responsible citizenship in the hearts and minds of all Horned Frogs, encouraging them to impact others in any way possible. Lydia has clearly embodied the TCU mission statement as a student and will continue to do so for years to come.


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Senior Spotlight: Creighton Jones

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogCreighton Jones is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Biology from Monroe, Louisiana. This summer, Creighton will be moving to Baltimore, Maryland to enroll in the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing program at Johns Hopkins University. With original intentions to pursue medical school, Creighton decided to focus a on a different side of the medical field after graduating. When asked why nursing and the Johns Hopkins program interested him specifically, he said:

“The nursing profession has been constantly growing and nurses are playing a more vital role in the healthcare field than ever before. From my freshman year, I knew that I wanted to enter a profession where my love for science and the human body could be combined with my desire to help people. This accelerated program will allow me to reach my dream job as a nurse in just thirteen months. By being able to obtain a degree from Johns Hopkins, I will have opportunities to impact the lives of so many individuals that I never thought possible.”

By being admitted to the selective program at Johns Hopkins, Creighton has definitely excelled in terms of academics at TCU. However, Creighton is the perfect example of a student who has made the most of his opportunities both in and out of the classroom, as he has been heavily involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Government Association, and on the TCU Orientation Staff. Creighton is off to do great things and will continue to represent TCU well!


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Senior Spotlight: JP Devincenzo

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogJP Devincenzo is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Entrepreneurial Management from Memphis, Tennessee. In August, he will begin work with Sewell Infiniti in Dallas as a sales associate, one of the largest and most reputable dealerships in the Dallas area. In his position, he will be facilitating sales as an introduction to the management track, which will provide him invaluable skills to help him become a more competent and effective leader.

Before beginning his opportunity with Sewell Infiniti though, JP has been spending his first two and a half months after graduation travelling throughout different parts of the world. In May, JP traveled to Europe and explored the countries of Italy, Switzerland, France, and Norway. JP had a similar travel experience during the summer after his freshman year when he participated in the Cultural Pathways study abroad trip to Europe with the Honors College. Upon returning from Europe, JP began a road trip throughout the western part of the United States to explore various national parks. He and another graduating senior, Tom Reed, have been making the trips and when asked about the experiences, JP said:

“This is going to be a great opportunity not only to expand my own worldview, but also just to solidify an incredible relationship with one of my best friends since freshman year.  I also hope to utilize some of the knowledge and strategies that I gained from studying abroad with the Honors College on the Cultural Pathways trip to enhance my understanding and enjoyment of other cultures! Ultimately it’s an opportunity just to have an incredible adventure before jumping in and working at Sewell Infiniti of Dallas.”

JP is a great example of a student who has capitalized on not only fantastic academic opportunities at TCU, but also in ways to develop long-lasting relationships with those around him. We know he will continue to do so for years to come!


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Senior Spotlight: Blake Carsey

TCU BlogWith TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

Blake Carsey is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Finance from Fort Worth, Texas. This summer, Blake will be starting his job at American Airlines as a Financial Analyst in the Customer and Manpower Planning Division at the company’s headquarters in Fort Worth. He will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing financial solutions for company staffing and customer interactions. When asked why the opportunity at American interested him, Blake said:

“I am excited to join the innovative and dynamic “New American“, where bright minds are striving to create the most enjoyable flying experience around the world. I also plan on taking full advantage of the company’s flight benefits, which will allow me to travel for free on any space-available flight worldwide.”

Blake is one of many students who will be taking advantage of the wide variety of professional opportunities available in the city of Fort Worth, which is just one perk of TCU calling a major U.S. city its home. American Airlines is one of several companies that actually travels to TCU’s campus each year to hold interviews for fulltime positions, which is a testament to Fortune 500 companies truly investing in TCU.


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Senior Spotlight: Laurel Gardner

With TCU’s commencement ceremony just behind us, we will be featuring current TCU seniors to show their plans for after graduation. With the wealth of professional opportunities available to students in Dallas-Fort Worth, across the United States, and around the world, TCU graduates are truly doing amazing things!

TCU BlogLaurel Gardner is a graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Biology from Topeka, Kansas. In the fall, Laurel will be moving to Kansas City to attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She will spend her next four years in the program to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. When asked why the medical school route originally interested her, Laurel said:

“I have known I wanted to be in the medical field since I was twelve years old and informed my parents I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist. Since then, I have backed off the specificity of that claim, but the passion to become a physician and work with children in an intensive setting remains. The science behind disease fascinates me and the ability to use that passion to make a difference in other’s lives through medicine is what inspired my decision to become a physician.”

Laurel is one of many students who was able to benefit from TCU’s Pre-Health Professions Institute. As a student on the pre-med track, Laurel was given consistent advising from the Institute throughout her four years to get her ready for medical school. She had opportunities for preparation for the MCAT, mock medical school interviews, and countless in-lab research opportunities to help set her apart from other applicants. She contributes to the 80% of all TCU Pre-Health students who are admitted to medical school after graduation. As she does with all things, Laurel is going to make a fantastic impact at the University of Kansas and on the lives she touches down the road!

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