April 27, 2017
From working as a theatre manager to teaching English in Germany to attending graduate school in Austria, Susquehanna University's 2017 graduates are going places.
The 460 members of this year's graduating class have pursued degrees across the School of Arts & Sciences and the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Now, they are ready to apply what they've learned to their career and life pursuits, whether their first postgraduate job or graduate school.
Embracing the Arts
Oona Newman, a theatre production major from Brooklyn, N.Y., will join the team at Playwrights Horizons for a nine-month intensive training program as an apprentice stage manager.
The off-Broadway theater on 42nd Street in New York City was founded in 1971 and has been home to many Tony and Obie award-winning performances. During her apprenticeship, Newman will assist with managing rehearsals, creating rehearsal schedules, organizing crew responsibility and managing communication between departments.
"Securing an apprenticeship is the best way to break into the business and establish connections," Newman said. "Many amazing stage managers have come out of Playwrights Horizons' apprenticeship program so I was honored to receive the offer."
Newman hopes to establish a career as a freelance stage manager in New York City and to eventually make it to Broadway.
Alex Moyer, of Selinsgrove, Pa., was able to parlay his internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into a full-time job. At PwC, he will handle the auditing of insurance and banking clients, similar work to his internship.
"Once you get exposed to big prestigious companies, it can be intimidating because you think, 'How do I compare?' But SU did a great job of making me a successful applicant," Moyer said. "I'm confident in what I've learned here, and it has aided me greatly as I venture out into the professional world."
Moyer hopes to complete the CPA exam before he begins his new job in September, thanks to Susquehanna's 150-hour accounting program that enables students to sit for the exam the summer after graduation. About 91 percent of our accounting majors complete the 150 credit hours in four years.
Prior to attending Susquehanna, Julie Casey, of Dallas, Pa., had never traveled internationally. Now, as she prepares for graduation, she looks forward to studying at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) in Austria and a career in international marketing.
MCI is a private business school in Innsbruck where Casey plans to earn a master's degree in international business and management. She endured a rigorous application process to become the first Susquehanna student to benefit from the university's relationship with MCI, which includes financial support for graduate students.
"I liked learning about business and new cultures at the same time," Casey said. "It gives you an entirely new perspective on things."
Want to know what other grads are up to after graduation? See more here.