After Austin College

Preparing for the finest graduate programs to the most rewarding careers around the globe, Austin College students are equipped to become engaged citizens within their communities and their world. The experiences of the recent alumni below are just a few examples of what comes after graduation for our students.

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Robert ReillyRobert Reilly ’15 completed his degree in computer science and political science in January 2015 and now is employed as an Associate Application Developer in AT&T’s TDP program. “One of the most significant elements of my Austin College education was the small class sizes. This made my professors extremely accessible, which allowed me to learn a lot from them outside of the classroom. In addition to this, all of my professors were very inviting and passionate–which makes them not only very effective educators but also great mentors and role models. I can’t thank them enough.”
Alicia MistryAlicia Mistry ’14 secured a position in the Dallas office of leading global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs before her senior year began—thanks to her coursework, participation as a student manager in the College’s Williams Investment Fund, and an internship at the firm that “paired my interests in finance and my business talents perfectly.” At Austin College, Alicia earned a major in business administration and minors in leadership studies and Spanish. She was able to spend a semester abroad in Alicante, Spain.“I would encourage anyone that values different perspectives or diversity of thought to choose Austin College,” Alicia said. “Austin College prepared me for the career I now have, and I am able to work in that sort of environment every day.”
David MendezDavid Mendez ’12 knew he wanted to be a doctor after taking an emergency medical technician course in high school. Today, he is pursuing his degree at Southwestern Medical School. He said his Austin College courses in biochemistry and anatomy provided the foundation he needs for the fast-paced environment of medical school. David’s advice to someone considering Austin College for pre-medical studies: “It’s very tough, and at times seems overwhelming, but if this is truly a passion of yours, then the final reward will be absolutely worthwhile.”
Alexander RaglandAfter graduation, Alex Ragland ’11 ¬moved to Shanghai, China, for graduate school at Hult International Business School. After completing a master’s degree in international business, he has since been employed in Shanghai and now is project manager at Savills, developing and growing business segments in the U.S. and China. He had prepared for an international career through language studies in Japanese, French, Arabic, and Spanish, and had studied in Guatemala, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Morocco, and France.
Bobby PatelBobby Patel ’11 came to Austin College from his home in Kenya. Majoring in international economics and finance, he was involved in all aspects of campus life. After graduation, he spent two years working for the Dallas office of a global investment banking firm, then returned to Kenya. There, he works for the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, and is involved in investments in manufacturing, agribusiness, and real estate all across Africa. He travels extensively “so it’s hard to get a breath in sometimes. But knowing I’m adding value to my country is well worth it!”
Naureen DharaniNaureen Dharani ’13 is working toward a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at St. John’s University in New York and completing her clinical internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital. She said two of her most memorable aspects of her Austin College experience were working in the Service Station and having the opportunity to do a Global Outreach Fellowship in Nepal. “These experiences—in addition to presenting psychology research, helped me to further my passion and solidified my career choice in pursuing mental health. Austin College is filled with so many opportunities and you can really do anything. The small college feel can be intimidating, but once you immerse yourself in the culture, Sherman begins to feel like home. The psychology faculty challenged me to seek my full potential, which propelled me to apply for graduate school.”
Julie CogginsDouble majoring in international economics & finance and French, Julie Coggins ’14 held internships during her college years with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Harwood Levitt Consulting group. She also studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium. She was a Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude graduate in May 2014, and in June, began work as a financial institution specialist with the FDIC in Houston, Texas.
Marjorie Hass & Abbas RavjaniAbbas Ravjani ’04 is an attorney with the U.S. State Department. He completed his Austin College degree in political science and Middle East studies, having enjoyed a semester abroad at Oxford University, and served as student body president back on campus. He has been selected as a Truman Scholar, received a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and was named a Center for a New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader. While completing his law degree at Yale Law School, he completed summer internships with the Attorney General of Texas, the Department of the Treasury, and Arnold and Porter law firm. Abbas spent two years working for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, then served as law clerk for the Honorable Barbara Lynn in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In 2012, he returned to Washington, D.C., to work for the State Department. In the photo, he is shown with Austin College President Marjorie Hass when he received a First Decade Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.
Jordan Rose Jordan Rose ’11 went from Austin College to SMU Dedman School of Law. He completed his degree in May 2014 and received word that he passed the Texas State Bar Exam in November.
Nicholas LowUpon graduating from Austin College, Nicholas Low ’11 headed to law school–and in May 2014, graduated magna cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law with a GPA in the top 4 percent of his class. While in law school, Nicholas was active in the SMU Law Review Association, serving as comment editor, and was the student director of the Academic Skills Center. He is practicing general litigation with his family’s law firm but hopes to practice appellate law in the future. He is active in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Jesuit Dallas Young Alumni Association, and the State Fair of Texas Young Professionals.Nicholas says his Austin College education is the main reason for his academic success in law school. He benefited especially from his English major because of that department’s focus on extensive individual feedback on writing assignments. Nicholas said he is especially grateful for professors like Randi Tanglen, Carol Daeley, Peter Anderson, and Greg Kinzer for their instruction and guidance.
Adani Sanchez Adani Sanchez ’12 is the client services coordinator for a health care access non-profit, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, in Champaign, Illinois. Her work includes assisting clients with applications for health insurance through the Marketplace (and Medicaid), providing financial assistance for prescription medication, and operating a program that partners with local dentists to offer discounts to qualifying clients. “Because we’re a small non-profit, I also help with outreach, fundraising, and an assortment of other things. My liberal arts education definitely influences how I approach projects—they never stand alone. That perspective also informs my view of the non-profit universe: my organization and the people we help are affected by outside factors. That’s why we encourage our clients to register to vote and be informed on local issues. We often provide referrals to other social services that help with things beyond medical issues like food pantries or the unemployment office. Because Austin College nurtured the volunteer in me, I was able to jump into the organization as a volunteer who was new to town, but excited to be involved. When my (now) boss was looking for someone to fill a new position, I already had experience with the organization and a vested interest in advancing the mission.”
Blake BarnesBlake Barnes ’13 is completing a master’s degree in health care administration at Trinity University. Upon completing the academic portion in December 2014, he began a year-long residency with Tenet Healthcare Corporation as an administrative resident in the Leadership Development Program at Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. At Austin College, Blake completed a major in business administration and a minor in community service and policy. He also was a member of the Posey Leadership Institute. While at Austin College, he spent a summer as an administrative intern at a multi-specialty residency clinic with the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Umi LalaniUmi Lalani ’13 is studying in London at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities. She will receive a graduate certificate in Islamic studies and humanities after the second year of the program. For her third year, she will be attending a public policy program, also in the UK.
Jessica BuffoJessica Bufordrd ’10 headed to the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California to complete a master’s degree in international policy studies with a concentration in international conflict resolution.In January 2012, Jessica began a six-month internship at the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, where she is involved in research and analysis. Her supervisor and mentor has 40 years of experience in diplomacy and her co-workers include  four other interns, each  from a different European country. “The cool part though is what I am doing now has a direct impact in the international diplomatic scene.  For example, I drafted some talking points for my supervisor for a diplomatic meeting, and right now I am writing up a section of the Disarmament Yearbook to be published mid-March. Also, this week I sat in on a session of the Security Council while they were deliberating ‘the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian question.’ Cool stuff!”Jessica will complete her master’s degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in December 2012.
Michael CarlsonAfter graduation, Michael Carlson ’10 moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the Federal Reserve Bank, involved in research on international banking and finance.  His Austin College history and economics degree, bolstered by a study abroad year at the London School of Economics, prepared him well for the challenges. Now, he’s on to the next step: in fall 2014, he began study for a master’s degree in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Cherie Blaylock BrownCherie Blaylock Brown ’10 and her new husband, Paul, moved to Potomac Falls, Virginia, shortly after her graduation. She joined Booz Allen Hamilton, a large Washington, D.C., public consulting firm in which she supports the senior leadership for the Global Operations Team Finance Program. She hopes to stay with the firm long term, eventually working overseas in economic development research, focusing on microfinance and community and economic development in Latin America.
Redwan HoqueRedwan Hoque ’10 completed a summer internship with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh one summer – and began full-time employment with Litton Loan Services in Irving, Texas, the next.
Claire BalaniClaire Balani ’10 received a Fulbright grant to China, where she did research and three months of intensive language training before beginning law school.
Jaisy JosephJaisy Joseph ’09 enrolled in Harvard University Divinity School, having received a full-tuition scholarship, plus stipend, for study.
Cicily SmithCicily Smith ’08 completed a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering at Texas A&M University and accepted a position as a global trainee with Tenaris, an oil and gas steel tubing company.
Will RadkeWill Radke ’08 is employed as an analyst at Goldman Sachs Realty Japan, Ltd., and is based in Tokyo.
Tom ButtineTom Buttine ’07 traveled the globe for five years as a management consultant with Accenture. He brought his experience and expertise “home” to Austin College in June 2013, joining the Institutional Advancement staff as a development officer and coordinator of corporate relations.
Micah McCoyMicah McCoy ’07 moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he works as a communications specialist for the ACLU of New Mexico. When he’s not at work, he stays busy with another passion: theatre. His first full-length play recently was selected as one of four best new works in the Texas Nonprofit Theatres POPS! (Production of Original PlayS) competition.
Catherine MoranCatherine “Cat” Moran ’07 completed her law degree in May 2010 at the University of Texas School of Law, where she was president of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. She is general counsel and legislative director for Representative Richard Raymond in the Texas State Capitol.
Ashwini ShridharAshwini Shridhar ’05 spent several years teaching classical Indian dance before receiving a Fulbright grant in 2010. She was awarded a Full Research Award to pursue a master’s degree in movement studies at the University of London Central School of Speech and Drama. Fulbright grants to the United Kingdom are the commission’s most competitive awards.
Amit MasandAmit Masand ’04 enrolled in University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas after completing his Austin College degree with majors in business and biology. He completed his M.D. in 2008 and is an internal medicine resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Amit’s education, including international study, prepared him for more than medical school.“My Austin College experience allowed me to become a well- rounded individual as well as to accomplish all my goals of becoming a physician. Austin College was an experience of a lifetime.”
Aaron WhiteAaron White ’04 headedtoHarvard Divinity School, where he completed his degree in 2007, earning first place in the annual Billings Preaching Prize there. He now is  associate minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas, the fifth largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the country.
Tanisha ChoiceTanishia Choice ’04 attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, completing her degree in 2008 as a co-recipient of the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Award for the outstanding student in psychiatry. She continued fellowship work at UT Southwestern and was one of only 10 psychiatric residents nationwide to receive the 2010-2012 American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship.
Brianna BurnettBrianna Burnett ’02 operates Brianna M. Burnett Photography and Design and is an adjunct member of the faculty at Northwest Vista in San Antonio, teaching art appreciation, drawing, photography, and design. Before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at Texas Tech University in 2008, she was an art teacher and community art educator.
Andrew FrenchAndrew French ’01 completed his medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and then began participating in the prestigious Denver Health Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. There he began a leadership development program for young doctors that could be implemented for doctors across the country.
Matthew KosnikMatthew Kosnik ’96 earned a Ph.D. in paleobiology from the University of Chicago and worked at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and then at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. He moved in June 2010 to Sydney, Australia, after being awarded an Australian Research Council future Fellowship at Macquarie University in Sydney. He is continuing his investigation of historical changes to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.


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