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2022 Featured Graduates

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College of Arts & Sciences Graduates

Nathan Brown
Exercise and Health Science

Nathan Brown

“Because of Willamette, I have had opportunities and experiences I would not have had anywhere else. My experiences here made me feel comfortable and ready for a career after I graduate.”

  • President of Willamette Emergency Medical Services (WEMS), a student organization that provides quick response emergency medical care on campus
  • Emergency medical technician and responder for WEMS
  • Lab teaching assistant in human anatomy for the Department of Exercise and Health Science
  • Member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Member of the American Heart Association
  • Mentor for the Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Volunteer at the San Diego Blood Bank, California
  • Student representative of the Campus Safety Committee
  • Recipient of the WEMS Founder’s Award
  • Recipient of the Human Anatomy Peer-Tutor Award from the Department of Exercise and Health Science

What’s next: Planning to pursue a hospital or emergency services job in my hometown of San Diego before applying for a master’s in nursing program.

Juana Arias Cuellar
Double major: Psychology & Sociology

Juana Arias Cuellar

“Because of Willamette, I found support in the community to overcome the different challenges that come from attending college as a first-generation student of color.”

  • Coordinator of the First Generation Book Drive
  • Ohana Jump Start leader
  • Translator for the art history department
  • Treasurer for the Alianza Club and Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Counseling intern at Woodburn High School
  • Contributed to “Student Struggles for Racial Justice: Learning from Local Activists,” a project that studied student activism for education equity and racial justice in Oregon
  • James B. Bjorkquist Award for Outstanding Junior in sociology
  • National Society of Leadership and Success member

What’s next: School counseling MEd at Lewis and Clark College

Aidan Fox
double major: Economics & Data Science

Aidan Fox

“Because of Willamette, I have been able to make connections with my incredible peers, professors, and alumni. In an effort to strive toward continuous learning and self-improvement, my experience both in and outside of the classroom over these four years has been invaluable.”

  • Trip leader for The Outdoor Program
  • Resident advisor for Willamette Housing
  • Conducted research on robo-advising technology as a research analyst intern at Jackman Wealth Management in Salem
  • Sales associate at REI
  • Performed due diligence on asset managers, hedge funds and private credit firms and helped build financial plans for clients as an investment management intern at Ferguson Wellman Capital Management in Portland
  • Designed and implemented a curriculum offering students financial and investment skills for the future as director of education for the Willamette University Investment Group (WUIG)

What’s next: Markets and securities services (sales and trading) graduate analyst at HSBC in New York. Analysts in the two-year program gain experience in various financial products and graduate into an associate role.

Alexandra N. Walker
Triple major: Math, Physics & Politics

Alexandra N. Walker

“Because of Willamette, I don’t think I would have tried to ‘own’ my education as much. I feel like my experience here has been truly wonderful and life-changing, and one by-product has been the increased sense of responsibility I feel toward educating myself, particularly outside of Willamette. The professors here are so passionate about what they’re teaching. As a result, I’ve not only become more consumed by and engaged with the material I am learning, I have also been eager to learn more about it.”

  • Cosmology research assistant for a Science Collaborative Research Program project under Professor of Physics Rick Watkins
  • Willamette University Wind Ensemble
  • University Chamber Orchestra
  • Flute Choir
  • Pep Band
  • Won “Best Insight” award at Willamette University 2022 DataFest as part of team “Overbooked Algebraists”
  • President of Math Club
  • Transformative justice activist for life

What’s next: Spending the summer at a math school in Albania — the International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics — and traveling to Spain while working remotely.

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