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Shanell Nieuwendorp

Shanell Nieuwendorp

Security administrator, U.S. State Department
Shanell's semester in Washington, D.C., and internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.

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Ali Achterhof

Ali Achterhof

Social media coordinator, Lutheran Church of Hope
Ali has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.

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Graham Kinsinger

Graham Kinsinger

Digital marketing specialist, Seattle Seahawks
A Chicago internship with a sports PR firm jump-started Graham's marketing career in professional athletics.

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Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Communications outreach manager, Iowa Corn
Natalie works for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, marketing Iowa Corn to the public and encouraging Iowa farmers to join the association.

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Zach Landhuis

Zach Landhuis

DNA specialist, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Zach completed a master’s degree at Michigan State University and has now begun a career in forensic science.

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Devin Jorde

Devin Jorde

RN, post-surgical unit, Mayo Clinic
Devin works with some of the world’s best surgeons and teams at the Mayo Clinic.

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Jerel Kyles

Jerel Kyles

Assistant family teacher, Boys Town
Jerel works with at-risk children and families, providing them with the support and education they need to succeed.

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Sara Edwardson

Sara Edwardson

Exercise physiologist, Duke University Health and Fitness Center
Sara scored an internship with Duke University during her senior year at Northwestern, which led to a full-time job offer at a clinically based fitness center through the university's health system.

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Emma Wynja

Emma Wynja

Medical student, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

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Collin Ten Haken

Collin Ten Haken

Police officer, Urbandale Police Department
Collin's Northwestern education, paired with an internship with the Urbandale, Iowa, Police Department, launched his career in law enforcement.

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Krissa Hetletvedt

Krissa Hetletvedt

Third grade teacher, Catlin Arts Magnet School
Krissa’s classroom passion for students and their learning earned her recognition as Rookie of the Year from the Omaha Education Association.

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Vito Maffei

Vito Maffei

Minor league athletic trainer, San Francisco Giants
A former football player, Vito is pursuing his passion for sports as an athletic trainer, treating injured athletes and getting them back on the field.

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Jodi Stahl

Jodi Stahl

Account strategist, Click Rain
A successful internship experience at an advertising agency launched Jodi's career in communications.

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Thomas Westerholm

Thomas Westerholm

Sportswriter for MassLive.com
Thomas worked as a sportswriter for an Iowa newspaper before he was picked up by MassLive.com, the second largest online news outlet in New England.

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Olivia Holt

Olivia Holt

Volunteer facilitator, Council of Protestant Churches
Olivia has a passion for missions. At Northwestern, she was supported, encouraged and equipped to pursue that dream and follow God’s call to Nicaragua.

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Rebeca Wagner

Rebeca Wagner

Interpreter/translator, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Rebeca serves Spanish-speaking patients and their families, helping them communicate with the medical providers at Omaha Children’s Hospital so they receive the best healthcare possible.

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Brody Van Roekel

Brody Van Roekel

Graduate student, Western Michigan University
With his sights set on a doctoral degree in history or theology, Brody is aiming for a job as a professor or college ministry staff member.

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Megan Rustad

Megan Rustad

PreK–12 vocal music teacher, Central Minnesota Christian School
Music lover Megan teaches preschool and elementary general music and directs junior high and high school choirs.

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Derefe Chevannes

Derefe Chevannes

Doctoral student, University of Connecticut
Derefe is headed to academia as a professor of politics and law. And because of the influence Northwestern’s intercultural office had in his life, he’s also hoping to head a university's diversity office.

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Joshua Roorda

Joshua Roorda

Registered nurse, emergency department, Genesis Health System
Thanks to an internship during his junior year, Josh was offered a scholarship and a contract for full-time employment before he even started his senior year at Northwestern.

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Laura Jonker

Laura Jonker

Director of children’s, family and hospitality ministries, American Reformed Church
Laura's college internship at American Reformed Church led to an offer of a full-time position as the director of children's ministries.

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Joseph Tolsma

Joseph Tolsma

Genetics graduate student, North Carolina State University
Joseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in career as a research scientist.

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Emily Griese

Emily Griese

Assistant scientist, Sanford Research
With strong encouragement from her professors, Emily earned master's and doctoral degrees in psychology and is now an assistant scientist at Sanford Research.

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Pedro Ruiz

Pedro Ruiz

Executive director, La Unidad
The first in his family to attend and graduate from college, Pedro is using his background in social work in his role as the executive director of La Unidad, a youth development soccer program.

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Meredith Yorchak

Meredith Yorchak

Software engineering analyst, Accenture
Meredith's summer internship with Accenture gave her confidence in her decision to begin a full-time career there.

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Abigail Thompson

Abigail Thompson

Graduate student, Embry-Riddle University
Abigail is pursuing a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies as preparation for a career in counterterrorism.

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Jordan Reinders

Jordan Reinders

Entomology graduate student, University of Nebraska
Jordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as he pursues a doctoral degree.

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James Rucker

James Rucker

Graduate student in mathematics, University of South Dakota
With a love of theatre, music and philosophy, James found that Northwestern’s humanities major enabled him to learn anything and everything about anything and everything.

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Jesse Baldwin

Jesse Baldwin

Director of fine arts, Boys and Girls Clubs
Jesse directs fine arts programming for several Colorado Boys and Girls Clubs and works as a freelance artist through the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins.

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Connor Shaull

Connor Shaull

Law student, University of Minnesota
Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

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Jenny Welch

Jenny Welch

Lead therapist, Alpine Autism Center
Within her first year at Alpine Autism Center, Jenny was promoted to lead therapist, which brings extra responsibilities, like training new therapists.

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Hans Vander Plaats

Hans Vander Plaats

Portfolio specialist, Aligned Investors
Hans spent a semester at England's Oxford University and interned two summers in New York City before launching a career in finance.

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Abby Korthals

Abby Korthals

Senior pricing analyst, Nationwide Insurance
Abby's Northwestern experiences, including an actuarial internship at Principal Financial Group, gave her an impressive résumé and got her a job at Nationwide Insurance shortly after graduation.

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Matthew Hulstein

Matthew Hulstein

Staff attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
The collaboration and performance standards of an NWC theatre degree set the stage for Matthew to find success in his role as an attorney for clients who need someone to be their voice.

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Jose Sanchez-Perry

Jose Sanchez-Perry

Doctoral student, University of Texas
Jose is pursuing a doctorate in religious studies with a focus on religion and Latin American cultures.

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Danielle Straka

Danielle Straka

Director, Robin's Nest Children's Home
A love for children, nurtured through four mission trips to Haiti, led Danielle to a full-time social work career at Robin's Nest orphanage in Jamaica.

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Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham

Deputy attorney, Douglas Co. Attorney’s Office
Leadership opportunities, a challenging education and an internship in Washington, D.C., helped Sarah gain the confidence to pursue a career as an attorney.

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Chris Sietstra

Chris Sietstra

Accountant, Ernst & Young
Chris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.

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John Calsbeek

John Calsbeek

Programmer, SCE Santa Monica Studio
When he was a child, John thought it would be cool to develop video games. Now, thanks in part to his computer science major from Northwestern, he's doing just that.

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Anna Christensen

Anna Christensen

Lecturer of philosophy, Central College
A freshman course in ancient Greek philosophy sparked Anna's interest and influenced her career path through graduate school to becoming a college professor.

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Isaiah Custer

Isaiah Custer

Communications manager, Taproot Theatre
Theatre major Isaiah added an arts administration minor and interned at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, which set the stage for his job in communications and promotions for Taproot.

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Lindsey Lopez

Lindsey Lopez

Certified health care interpreter, Sanford Health
As a Spanish major at Northwestern, Lindsey found learning a language came easy and that she looked forward to her homework. Now she’s a medical interpreter at a major hospital.

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Justin Karmann

Justin Karmann

Associate pastor of youth, family and social justice, First Presbyterian Church
A double major in religion and philosophy led Justin to ordination and a position as a church leader.

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Courtney Hughes

Courtney Hughes

Pediatric nurse, Sanford Children's Castle of Care Hospital
A passion for science and kids led Courtney to a pediatric nursing career at a top children's hospital in the region: Sanford's Castle of Care in Sioux Falls.

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Andy Boone

Andy Boone

First grade teacher, Thomas Elementary School
Northwestern's emphasis on service and community have helped Andy excel as a teacher and graduate student.

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Heidi Ackerman

Heidi Ackerman

Mezzo-soprano, U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
Heidi is living the dream as a professional singer, touring the country on behalf of the U.S. Army.

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Eddie Pantzlaff

Eddie Pantzlaff

Dental student, University of Iowa
Confident in his Northwestern science education, Eddie applied to the University of Iowa's top-tier dental program and was accepted right away.

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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Youth development manager, Justice for All
After gaining experience as an intern with the Christian Community Development Association, Eduardo now serves as a mentor to underserved and Latino youth.

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Jenna Ripke

Jenna Ripke

Attorney, Brown Immigration Law
Jenna discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern. Now her career is focused on immigration law.

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Chris White

Chris White

English teacher, Sioux Center High School
Chris credits his English education at Northwestern for helping him grow from a non-writer and non-speaker into a confident teacher of high school literature.

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Julie Haverly

Julie Haverly

Team leader, strategic planning & analysis, Renewable Energy Group
Confident in her head for business, Julie is executing the strategic marketing plan for a leading biodiesel producer and thinking of pursuing a Ph.D.

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