I hope everyone is well and you had a nice end to the summer. It seems strange not heading back to Carroll for the first time in four years, but I hope this column will keep us connected as we begin a new chapter of our lives.
Our class has been busy in the short five months since commencement. I have good news to report about the condition of Maggie Fay, who ended up in the emergency room hours after the commencement ceremony. What she initially thought was a stomachache turned out to be appendicitis. Doctors removed her appendix the day after graduation, but she recovered and is doing well. Maggie, who’s pursuing a nursing degree, takes classes at Lorain County Community College and plans to enroll at Ursuline College in May with hopes of earning her BSN in 15 months.Jackie Mitchell, former campus editor of The Carroll News, joined the Cleveland Jewish News staff as a reporter. Jackie, who earned her degree in communications, wrote for John Carroll and Paragould Premiere magazines.
Bobbie Blakeslee accepted an administrative position in the Mentor Public School District. Bobbie, who earned her M.Ed. in early childhood education, works as the district’s coordinator of childcare programs.
Service and career opportunities have brought several of our classmates to various locations throughout the country. Alexis Park, who’s doing a year of service in Erie, Pa., volunteers through the Mercy Volunteer Corps, where she works as a children’s advocate for a domestic violence shelter.
Two recent grads headed out to the West Coast. Steve Epprecht accepted a position at Safeway’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco as a category analyst in the dairy department. Friend and classmate Jack Walton quickly took advantage of the opportunity and visited Steve for a week. They explored some of the sites the city and surrounding areas have to offer, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, and Santa Cruz. Lauren DeLuca also moved out West. She’s a financial analyst for Allstate in Sacramento, Calif., where she works in the controller’s department forecasting and planning small lines of insurance. Lauren also has traveled throughout California and the surrounding states, road-tripping to Salt Lake City, Yosemite National Park, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.
John Brady and Ty McTigue celebrated their four years of hard work by taking a month-long trip to Europe 10 days after graduation. They traveled to Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. While in Belgium, they stayed with classmate Stephen Baznik, who lives in Brussels. Then John met up with Kelly Lackey, and Ty met up with Chelsea Gerken, and they went their separate ways, visiting England, the Netherlands, and Italy. In Rome, Ty and Chelsea met up with fellow grads Danny Potter and Chelsie Long. What a memorable experience to cap off their time at Carroll!
Danny Gonzalez was also busy traveling, as he completed the 2014 study tour of Japan. He works at thunder::tech, which is an integrated marketing company in Cleveland. He has a position on the company’s tech support team.
I’m excited to hear all your stories and share them with the rest of our class. Please contact me with any news so I can include it in the winter edition.
Hello, recent alumni of 2014. It’s still surreal we’re college graduates and commencement was just months ago. It was the perfect day, and we were so lucky this memorable event was held on campus. I hope the first summer of postgrad life has been treating everyone well. Many of us have been accepted to grad school, committed to a year or more of service, or have landed our first real job – all of which have taken us to places throughout the world. I started my job in Cleveland at NCS, working as a legal assistant in the construction services group. It’s a unique industry, and I’ve learned quite a bit in just a few months. I also returned from vacation to New Orleans and several cities in Texas and now can say I’ve been to 48 of the 50 states. I’d love to hear about the adventures you’ve taken. Contact me so I can share your news in the next column. I look forward to hearing from you.