By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE - While the job market may still be in recovery, Susquehanna University’s newest graduates feel ready to take on the world.
The university handed out nearly 500 diplomas at graduation on Sunday. While some grads had more concrete post-graduate plans than others, many seemed confident that their education had prepared them for their future.
Laura Boumann, of Bethlehem, the proud owner of a communications degree, has several interviews in New York City lined up for next week. She had four internships, in Philadelphia, New York, Harrisburg and Selinsgrove, over the course of her studies at Susquehanna, and she thinks those helped her prepare for her career.
“I’ve made a lot of connections, my internships have really helped me,” she said. “I’m more excited than nervous.”
Some of the graduates already have temporary jobs lined up to tide them over until they find one to best make use of their degrees.
Lauren Seamon, of Hazleton, is planning to work at a daycare this summer while looking around her hometown, Selinsgrove and Allentown for a teaching job that will allow her to put her elementary education degree to good use.
Nathan Olsen, a business administration graduate from Pittsfield, Maine, has a job lined up as a photographer at a Massachusetts skydiving business.
“I want to take what I’ve learned and apply it to a passion of mine,” he said.
“I was nervous for a long time,” said Olsen, of finding a job. “I really lucked out.”
A few plan to further their education before entering the job market.
“I’m taking a year off to work and travel, then applying to grad school for my Ph.D. in rhetoric,” said Sarah Dickerson, of York, who graduated with degrees in philosophy and English. “I’d like to be a professor of rhetoric, so a Ph.D. will be necessary.”
Before grad school, she plans to apply for a communications job with a nonprofit organization, in order to build up funds for her continued education.
Devon Ingold, of Altoona, has plans to continue to grad school as well. Until then, the art history major has a paid internship at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
She credits Susquehanna University with helping her apply for graduate schools and securing her internship.
“The faculty here is amazing and supportive,” she said.
Several students echoed Ingold’s praise of the school’s faculty. “I know my professors will be there to help me,” said Collin Littlefield, of Hummelstown, an environmental science graduate.
Speech communications graduate Gabrielle Robbins, of Glen Rock, N.J., was equally confident about her future. “I feel completely comfortable going into the real world,” she said.
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