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Why Drew was Perfect for Me
“I graduated with a theatre arts major and turned it into a bright future career at a top-tier investment bank. Drew made me well-rounded, knowledgeable and open to new paths. I never expected to end up in the world of finance, but it has truly become an exciting and fascinating field to me.”
Annette Terrizzi ’11
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The Class of 2013 is already making waves in the real world. Some have landed impressive,
hard-to-get jobs, while others are attending jaw-droppingly prestigious graduate schools.
In this gallery of selfies, meet our most recent graduates.
Where she is now: Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Why Columbia?: She would like to cover New York news and Columbia’s professors are well-respected journalists.
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “I hope to be anchoring news for ABC. It’s a stretch… hopefully I’ll be able to say it’s a dream come true by the 10-year mark!”
Where he is now : MIT
Why MIT?: Because it’s his name backwards
Where he sees himself in 5+ years: “In five, hopefully I’m graduating, and in 10, in a research career.”
Major: Theatre Arts
Where she is now: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
What shows: Metamorphoses and Henry V
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “I hope to be getting consistent work as an actor and supporting myself based on my acting alone.”
Where she is now: Baylor College of Medicine : neuroscience (Ph.D. Program)
Why neuroscience: Has a passion for Alzheimer’s Disease research.
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “I hope to be a professor at a college or university to continue neurodegenerative disease research while providing an environment where students can grow and wwwop similar passions.”
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Where she is now : UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine
When did she take the selfie: After scrubbing in on an arthroscopic knee surgery on a horse.
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “I hope to become an oncologist, orthopedic surgeon or general equine practitioner.”
Where he is now: Moorpark (Calif.) College for Exotic Animal Training and Management
Why: It’s the only program of its kind in the country, and he has a special fondness for venomous animals.
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “A zoo or a Hollywood studio, working with animals for movies and commercials.”
Major: NYU clinical social work
Where he is now: NYU clinical social work
Why social work: Wants to actively improve people’s lives
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “I hope to be a practicing psychotherapist and hopefully an urban planner.”
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Where she is now: Princeton
Why molecular biology: Always wanted to understand biological and cellular processes at the most fundamental level.
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “I hope to be a researcher in industry or academia.”
Where he is now: Analyst, Izenberg Appraisal Associates, Chatham, N.J.
How he got the job: Interned next door at Cronheim Mortgage. The CEO of Izenberg was looking for two hires and heard about his similiar work at Cronheim. They set up an interview and he was hired
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “Investment banking in the hedge fund industry”
Where she is now: University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Why UNC?: Because it’s the #1 analytical chemistry program in the country
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “At a pharmaceutical company doing toxicology, and in 10 years, at the FBI as a forensic toxicologist”
Where he is now: Drew University, Master of Arts in Teaching
Why teaching?: Teaching is inspiring students to be their best
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “A high school social studies teacher and then a principal”
Where he is now: Fan Development Coordinator, New Jersey Devils
How he got the job: After a 27-person group interview, he was called back for a one-on-one interview and offered the position on the spot
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “A leadership position within business operations for a major sports organization”
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Where he is now: Cooper Medical School, Rowan University (formerly UMDNJ)
His focus: Oncology
Where he sees himself in 5-10 years: “I aspire to work clinically as an oncologist, and as a researcher trying to further our knowledge of cancer pathogenesis”
Where she is now: William and Mary Law School
Why law school: Has an interest in social justice and public service
Where she sees herself in 5-10 years: “As a public defender or for an exoneration group like The Innocence Project.”
With a Drew degree, your long-term career prospects are solid.
From Apple exec to spintronics Ph.D. to founding producer of ABC’s
Desperate Housewives, Drew graduates excel at what they love.
Michael Jokubaitis ’10
For Michael Jokubaitis, Drew’s physics program was like a particle accelerator—by customizing his curriculum, he got a head start that propelled him into the doctoral progam in physics at Brown University. As a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, Jokubaitis studies the burgeoning field of spintronics, harnessing electron momentum to inform a new generation of electronics, from hard drives to low-cost MRI machines. Drew physics faculty—many of whom are now his friends—”challenge you to not just accept what’s in the textbook but make sure you can understand it and use that as a basis for your own questions,” he says. “It’s that attitude that was really instilled in me at Drew.”
Miya Carey ’11
Miya Carey came to the Forest as a history major, but she left as a historian. After a U.S. women’s history course grabbed her attention, she went on to win a $3,000 fellowship that allowed her to research the cultural significance of African-American cotillions. “I like telling a story that has not been told, or putting a different perspective on a story that’s been told many times,” she says. Now she’s getting her Ph.D. in history at Rutgers, studying African-American history and women’s and gender studies. “I definitely see myself as a historian of black women,” says Carey. “I’m a very good researcher, and I credit that to what I learned at Drew.”
Robert E. Schmidle Jr. ’75
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., relishes the “healthy tension” between new ideas and established protocol, “challenging all the things we hold dear to our hearts that need to be periodically reexamined.” This dynamic has shaped his career as a decorated officer—including his current post as deputy commandant for aviation in the Marine Corps—and an accomplished scholar. It was at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he realized how much Drew had taught him about writing and analysis. From there, he received a master’s in philosophy from American University and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Georgetown. Schmidle also appreciates the healthy tension between thinking and doing. The ideal, he says, is to pursue “learning to the point that it’s like breathing.”
Kevin Murphy ’89
His parents wanted him to make a good living, but the theater was calling. So Kevin Murphy came to Drew, where he pursued both as a political science and theatre arts double major. His successful showbiz career—fueled by creative collaborations with Drew classmates—has seen him at the helm of hit shows like Desperate Housewives and SyFy’s Caprica, as well as winning an Emmy for a musical theater adaptation of Reefer Madness. Behind the scenes, Murphy’s projects require crafting arguments, motivating teams and managing resources—skills honed in both the classroom and the theater. “At Drew, we were thrown into deep end,” he says. “The faculty would support you and get you started, but you figure out how to do it.”
Jennifer Icklan ’04
Jennifer Icklan didn’t know what being a journalist really entailed until a Drew professor asked her, “Do you just want to learn to write, or do you want to know what you’re writing about?” “From there, ” says Icklan, who realized that the latter option was the wiser course, “it struck me that there was a difference at Drew compared to other schools.” Icklan—an English major with a double minor in political science and writing—took Drew’s U.N. Semester and worked all four years at The Acorn, Drew’s student newspaper. She interned at MSNBC, VH1, the Newark Star-Ledger and CNN, where she works today as a producer with the Money Unit. “There are so many headlines and statistics out there,” she says. “Our mission is to break it down and tell you how it matters to you.”
Andrew Sedgwick ’85
Andrew Sedgwick came to Drew a self-confessed tough guy know-it-all. But in the Forest, as a double major in economics and music, “they taught me how to convert that into business rationale.” Sedgwick landed at Apple, where he spent a nearly 10-year assignment heading business in Korea, launching multiple product lines including the iPhone and iPad. More recently, he managed the launch of Apple’s new retail pilot project with Walmart, the first of its kind for the company. “Music taught me how to be good in business, and business taught me how to be good in music,” says Sedgwick. “I prefer to try and fail and try again than never try at all, and that goes back to my music roots.”
Jennifer Velez ’87
State of New Jersey
As commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services, Jennifer Velez is committed to providing vital services to people in need amid tremendous budget constraints. It’s a challenge she feels empowered to face thanks to Drew, where she learned to lead, solve problems and believe in her own voice. “[Drew] was a great environment to find what you were really good at.” Student government was one such opportunity, Velez recalls. “Just the prospect of igniting change to improve our experience certainly carried over to my work today in government.”