Class Correspondent:Cecil K. Brooks
Greetings 2017 Mules! As your class correspondent, I seek to uplift your stories and provide exciting updates. At Homecoming last October, I climbed Miller Tower with Tanvir Shahjahan ’18, attended the Alumni of Color Panel with Isadora Alteon ’13, and feasted in Foss with Richard Uchida ’79. This year I find myself in a cozy New York City apartment with a waterfront view of the Manhattan skyline. I feel grateful to remain in my South Bronx neighborhood, and I feed myself with vegetarian lunches throughout the week. What are other classmates up to? * John Kensinger lives in San Francisco, where he has worked at a startup for over a year now. Before the holidays, he was invited to work in Berlin, Germany, for two weeks with his company’s overseas branch. He spends his free time taking trips to Lake Tahoe. * Yoona Chun started a hand-lettering business, where she does freelance chalkboard art and designs wedding signage. She also volunteers as a development and grants coordinator for a free health clinic in rural Arkansas. * SGA President Matt Hawkins will graduate in May from Duke with a master’s of engineering and plans to join the industry afterwards. For the next nine months, he will spend most of his time working with a small team of graduates in partnership with a U.S. Army Special Forces Group on a telemedicine-related project. * Nadia Mustefa moved to Australia through a holiday work visa and produces Instagram comedy shorts, podcasts, and stand-up routines. Reach out for more info or if you know of alumni on her side of the world. * Grace Farnkoff will spend 2019 living and working in London as part of Unum’s Professional Development Program. * Rachel Prestigiacamo is currently in her second year of veterinary school at Tufts University. She looks forward to working on a farm this summer. * Emily Leach now attends the University of New England’s College of Dental Medicine in Portland, Maine, as a part of the Class of 2022! * Last fall Lindsey Harrigan moved back to the U.S. from Madrid, Spain, and enrolled at the Yale School of Nursing, where she works toward becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. * Hannah Insuik will finish her master’s from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in their Boarding School Teaching Residency this spring. She will present her thesis alongside classmates Griffin Gagnon and Sam Crimmins! * Our favorite Michelle Boucher reached her second year of teaching physical science at Landmark High School in Beverly, Mass. Her school services students with language-based learning disabilities. Meanwhile, she pursues a master’s in education with moderate special needs, and she’ll travel to Mozambique in March to conduct workshops through the Sunshine Approach Foundation. * Lily Fernald splits her time between pet sitting and working as company director for a new theater in Portland called Stage Rage, which revives ancient stories/themes for a contemporary audience. In the coming year she will direct an original show based on the Phaedra myth called Waking Nightmare, among other works. She will also be back in Waterville this June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, written and performed by Out and Allied Youth Theatre. * Danielle Bagley is happy to be graduating from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with her master’s in public health this May. She currently works as a research assistant on HIV studies and teaches seventh grade sex education. She intends to stick around in New York City near Fen Bowen, who works at Success Academy Charter School. He has found time to think about our education system and the direction our schools—both public and private—are headed. * There are plenty of ways to get involved with designing our next reunion in 2022. You can update your contact info on alumni.colby.edu, join our reunion committee, support our teams with the C Club, or attend local events. The Alumni Center can even reimburse those hosting a get-together in their city. I’m always happy to discuss ideas or simply catch-up. Reach out if you stop by New York!