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What have recent WGSS major/minor graduates gone on to do after Colby?
Hali Castleman ’11
After graduating from Colby I joined Teach For America. I am currently teaching kindergarten-4th grade ESL in Lawrence, MA and loving it! I’m also enrolled at Boston University where I am completing my Master of Education.
Tasha de Sherbinin ’11
After graduating from Colby in 2011, I joined Teach For America in Colorado. I am now in my second year of teaching Spanish and advising 11th and 12th grade students at Mapleton Early College High School in Denver. My background in WGSS has helped me consider gender roles in the classroom and how gender could affect my students’ educational experience on a day-to-day basis.
Sarena Maron-Kolitch ’10
After graduating from Colby, I returned to (my native) NYC and spent the last two years as a Teach For America corps member. During my time with TFA, I taught middle school special education (all subjects except Science, grades 5-8) and received my Masters in the Science of Teaching Special Education from Hunter College. As of July, I have been working for Columbia Business School Executive Education on the Program Management team.
Elizabeth Doran ’09
I graduated in 2009 and worked for two years in the financial services industry as a recruiting assistant.
I am now pursuing my Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in School Guidance Counseling, Grades 5-12, at Lesley University. I’m currently interning with the guidance department at Boston Latin Academy, an exam school in the Boston Public School system. I work primarily with lower income students of color and my work with them has clearly been informed by my classwork at Colby, grappling with issues of power, privilege, and oppression. I will finish my program in May 2013 and hope I will find a job as a school counselor where I can help empower and support my students.
Carolyn Curtis ’08
After graduating from Colby, I spent 2 years working as a dorm parent and teacher at an alternative education boarding school for struggling teenagers in NH. I then went on to get my masters in Social Work from Smith School for Social Work. I just started working at the Grove School, a therapeutic boarding school in CT.
Patrick Sanders ’08
I am currently at Georgetown Law as an Associate Director of Alumni Affairs where I manage regional programming as well as recent alumni engagement. Prior to this position, I managed a nonprofit board training and consulting program for a regional nonprofit and prior to that, I was the special assistant to the executive director of a national public interest law nonprofit. I have found success in these positions largely in part because of what I gained as a WGSS major: the ability to think critically, the aptitude to approach issues from alternative perspectives, and ultimately, a solutions-oriented approach to work and life. Being a WGSS major at Colby was one of the best academic decisions I made.
Laura Webb ’08
After I graduated in 2008, I stayed in Waterville for a couple of years to work as A.D. for the Colby Writers’ Center and serve on the Board of Directors at Hardy Girls Healthy Women. In 2010, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I just finished up an M.A. in Women’s Studies and Public Policy. As a grad student, I interned with the American Association of University Women, and now I work for FINCA International, which is a nonprofit microfinance organization serving primarily women around the world.
Kate Biddiscombe ’07
After I graduated Colby in 2007, I began working at Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut. At Choate, I taught English. I also coached field hockey, swimming, and water polo. A large part of my responsibility was being a resident dorm adviser, so I lived in a junior girls dorm where I was advised 26 girls. While I was at Choate, I also worked towards and finished my M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
I left Choate, and I am currently attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education working on a Ed.M. in Higher Education. I hope to got into Student Affairs in higher education or at the secondary school level when I finish. However, I also work part time at MIT in the Student Activities Office. I am the Graduate Assistant for Women’s Programs and Support here. I oversee the women’s community center on campus, advise women’s groups, and plan programs for MIT undergraduate and graduate students.
Amanda Vickerson ’07
I graduated in ’07 with a WGSS major and a human development minor. I am currently enrolled at the University of Southern Maine in their Abilities & Disabilities Studies Master’s program. My focus is mild to moderate disabilities, and I will graduate in the Spring of ’14.
I work at Gorham High School in the Behavior Management Program, where I have students with emotional disabilities, Autism, and learning disorders. I am co-advisor to Gorham’s Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance, which is called the Rainbow League, and the Civil Rights Team. I also run a group for LGBTQ students with the school social worker.
During the summer, I am director of Gorham’s Xtreme Teen camp, which is for kids entering 7th through 9th grades. We focus heavily on outdoor activities and leadership skills.
In the past few years, I’ve kept in touch with Hardy Girls Healthy Women and have run two Adventure Girls workshops on Johnson Pond about ice hockey!