You've graduated — what's next?
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Graduating members of the Class of 2003 face a tough job market. But these students are choosing postgraduation paths similar to last year's graduates. According to the UC Berkeley Career Center, of the 6,000 Cal students who earn bachelor's degrees each year, about two-thirds go into the workforce, one-fifth go directly to graduate school, and the remainder choose the military, volunteer programs, or take time off (read full story). NewsCenter staff fanned out at Commencement Convocation on May 15 to get a more intimate picture of what's next for the Class of 2003. Comment
going to be a whitewater rafting guide for the summer,
on the American River. After that, incredible
of cooperative living. I want
to start more creative and sustainable living spaces.'
—Sigal Shohan, Theater graduate
be teaching art in Indianapolis, Indiana at an alternative school
for at-risk youth. Ultimately, I plan to go to graduate school for
—Demetrie Broxton, Art Practice graduate
joined the Peace Corps, and I'm going to West Africa. I
don't know where exactly yet, but I'll be working on organic
farming. I hope I'll get to travel while I'm in Africa.'
—Zena Herman, Psychology graduate
|'I'm going in the Army. I've been in the
ROTC program here at Cal. With the Army, I'll be doing
transportation – logistics.'
—Matthew Eagle, Philosophy graduate
going to med school, and I’ll be
bartending – because it’s fun – and
traveling to Europe.'
—Erwin Ong, Molecular & Cell Biology graduate
going to Japan to teach English for a few years and make
some money. I plan to travel while I'm there, see Korea,
—Lisa McIntire, English graduate
called finding a job and it's not the best
time to be looking. I'm going home to Lafayette,
hang out with my parents, and look for
a job in marketing.'
—Karen Harichandran, Economics graduate
the summer off then coming back here to
law school. At Boalt, I'll probably focus
on law and technology. I don't have any
specific plans for this summer, maybe travel.'
—Galen Hancock, Science and Math graduate
finished my academic work in December;
I'm in a teaching credential program at
a Hayward elementary school.
to take some time off and travel, then
maybe teach in Thailand.'
—Lauren van den Hewvel, English graduate
the summer in Berkeley, hanging out, and
then I'm going to Yale for art. After that,
I guess I'll be getting a job.'
—Ricci Zombeck, Art practice graduate
|'I did the big
thing – I’m prepping for both
med school and law school. We’ll
see which one works out.'
—Trinidad Contreras, Molecular & Cell Biology and Native American Studies graduate
to get a job to pay for my school loans,
and surf in Hawaii this summer.'
—Patricia Hernandez, Latin American Studies and Spanish graduate
to fly to Germany with my two young kids
for a vacation – they need their
—Nedaa Hannoun, Applied Mathematics graduate
going to spend my summer in the Philippines,
then move back to Long Beach with my family and use my
Berkeley education to find a job.'
—Rosette Monzon, Nutritional Science graduate