2014 Class Acts: Shaping the Future

The future is bright for Washington University in St. Louis’ Class of 2014. The following stories offer a sampling of where our graduates are headed now that their WUSTL adventure has drawn to a close.

Connie Shao

Reflecting on how experiences can shape dreams

By Barbara Rea on January 6, 2015

In everyone’s life there are pivotal moments that could change the future, but whether or not they do depends on recognizing their meaning and value.

Esther Barker

Research sparks empathy

By Diane Toroian Keaggy on January 6, 2015

Esther Barker, a financial accounting assistant in radiation oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine, has no plans to switch careers now that she has earned a history degree from University College in Arts & Sciences.

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Bringing ecotourism home

By Diane Toroian Keaggy on January 6, 2015

“Unfortunately all of the people who come here to float or hike drive straight through the towns,” said Andrew Sheeley, who grew up in the Ozarks. “They don’t stop at local businesses or get to know the local people.”

Kasey Joyce

On to the next big thing

By Neil Schoenherr on January 6, 2015

Kasey Joyce, former reporter for KSDK-TV in St. Louis and president of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association at Olin Business School, has been highly involved with entrepreneurship in her two years in the MBA program.

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Serving the poor in Honduras

By Leslie McCarthy on January 6, 2015

“Prior to attending the Brown School I volunteered for a year in Honduras.

Christina “Nina” Marino

Improving other women’s quality of life

By staff writers on January 6, 2015

Christina “Nina” Marino will receive a doctorate in physical therapy at Commencement, after which she will begin a clinical residency in women’s health.

Abigail (Abby) Fraeman

Her head (and heart) in the stars

By Barbara Rea on January 6, 2015

Abigail (Abby) Fraeman’s love of space really took off during middle school when her father brought home a telescope.

Sarah Raven

A strong career trajectory

By Neil Schoenherr on January 6, 2015

Sarah Raven, a master’s candidate in the BS/MS program in mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will start work in July as a structural analysis engineer at The Boeing Company, working with military aircraft.

Grace Feenstra

Gaining real-world perspective

By Diane Toroian Keaggy on January 6, 2015

Grace Feenstra, an Annika Rodriguez Scholar who majored in economics and urban studies in Arts & Sciences, will join other WUSTL classmates and alums at Bain & Company in Dallas where she will work as an associate consultant.

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From fighting fires to fighting disease

By staff writers on January 6, 2015

Ryan Rimer has wanted to be a physician since he was 10. It just took a little longer than usual to make that happen.

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A model student

By Diane Toroian Keaggy on January 6, 2015

In the days before 9/11, Luis Lopez-Blazquez would explore the airfields of Miami International Airport with his father, a civil engineer there.

Danielle Wu

Interacting with the artists she has studied

By Diane Toroian Keaggy on January 6, 2015

As a Katzenberger Foundation Art History intern at the Smithsonian Institute, Danielle Wu will help curators run the annual Folklife Festival, which draws a million visitors to the National Mall each year.

Helina Woldekiros

Sifting the sands of time

By Gerry Everding on January 6, 2015

Doctoral candidate in anthropology Helina Woldekiros’ research on ancient salt caravans in her native Ethiopia brings her to the Danakil Depression, among the hottest and lowest places on Earth.

Brittaney Bethea

Joining the fight against heart disease and stroke

By Leslie Gibson McCarthy on January 6, 2015

Shortly after graduation, Brittaney Bethea, who will receive her master’s degree in public health from the Brown School, will move back to her hometown of Atlanta, Ga., to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Class Acts: Celebrating the past, ready for the future.

A five-part series in recognition of students who are changing the world through research, service and innovation.

Class Acts - Community Service

Class Acts: Serving the Community

During their time at Washington University in St. Louis, these graduating students have created a better future for children — and improved the lives of adults — through a broad spectrum of service activities.

Class Acts - Achievement

Class Acts: Achieving Excellence

Washington University in St. Louis students aren’t waiting until they graduate to achieve great things. The following stories recount just some of the successes already garnered by the Class of 2014.

Class Acts - Innovation

Class Acts: Sparking Innovation

Great ideas abound at Washington University in St. Louis. The following stories offer a glimpse into the Class of 2014’s many innovative endeavors.

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Class Acts: Shaping the Future

The future is bright for Washington University in St. Louis’ Class of 2014. The following stories offer a sampling of where our graduates are headed now that their WUSTL adventure has drawn to a close.

Class Acts - Memories

Class Acts: Making Memories

Between the hours in the lecture hall and the lab, there was dancing in the Quad, cheering at Francis Field and tug-of-war in the Swamp. Here graduating students reminisce about some of their most memorable moments at Washington University in St. Louis.