December marks the final commencement ceremony of 2012.
Theatrical Costume Design Major
Myers graduated in August but will be walking in December, having finished her BFA degree in two years and two summers rather than the typical three years and two summers.
Design is something Myers has always wanted to do. After getting involved in her high school’s theater department, she decided to make the switch and work with theatrical professionals.
Myer’s dream job would be to work as a costume fabricator for Laika, a company that produces stop motion films. Myers would have to design on a miniature scale, which she experienced firsthand helping a film student with their senior project.
Myers prepared for graduation and life after graduation by speaking with professors to get advice about working in Kansas City, where she is currently living.
Aside from working part time at Starbucks, Myers is currently working on wardrobe production for The Kentucky Cycle at the Kansas City Metropolitan Ensemble. In December, she will begin working on wardrobe for the Hound of the Baskervilles at the American Heartland Theatre.
Reflecting on her upcoming graduation, Myers wishes she would have been wiser scheduling classes so she could retain more information and reduce stress.
Human Development Major, Psychology Minor
Ward changed her major from Education to Human Development just last semester.
Ward’s absolute dream job would be working with adolescents in crisis.
Ward wants people to know that she gets the best of both worlds. For the people who consider changing their majors because they do not just want to do psychology or education, she recommends her major.
Ward loves that her minor in psychology allows her to figure out how people work and how it all ties together. It keeps her entertained because she is always wanting to know more.
Schneider knew from the very beginning of her college career that this was the major for her. She has always loved riding and she could not imagine herself doing anything else.
With her degree Schneider hopes to open her own training facility and stable.
Schneider says she has had some great experiences in her major, including her internship, where she was put in charge of two horses for World Show and gave her confidence in knowing she has the skills to train a champion.
Schneider has been preparing herself for graduation and life after graduation by getting herself organized. She is currently researching places to live and job opportunities.
She wants others to know that Equestrian majors do more than ride horses. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into this major. They take regular classes and have requirements to meet like every other major, while taking care of a living animal. Schneider has a horse named Tiny boarded in Hallsville.
One thing Schneider wished she learned before graduating is how to manage money better.
“It is different when you are on your own and mom and dad are not there to help,” Schneider said.
Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising Major
Thompson was not fully decided on her major before coming to Stephens, but after taking a business class she knew it was what she wanted to do.
Her dream job would to be a marketing director of a Fortune 500 company.
One of her greatest accomplishments is being a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She enjoys the events that they plan, being on counsel and a part of a successful chapter. Another great accomplishment is her senior capstone.
Thompson has been preparing herself for graduation and life after graduation by updating her resume and applying for jobs.
After college she is moving to Des Moines, Iowa, with her fiancé.
Integrated Media Major, Psychology Minor
Before she came to Stephens, theater had been Galati’s passion. But that all changed the summer before her freshman year while watching Tyra Banks.
Galati would love to work in television or film because it is the one thing she is truly passionate about. She said she would be happy doing almost any job in the media.
One of her greatest accomplishments during her college career was her internship in Ireland. Without Stephens, she would not have been able to go nor would she have been prepared for the experience she said.
She has been applying for jobs and finishing up her last couple of classes to prepare herself for graduation and life after college. She does not have any definite plans but would love to return to Ireland.
Digital Filmmaking Major
Joyce always had an interest in filmmaking; she saw Stephens and knew this was the school for her.
She would love to one day work for PBS, programming and producing.
One of her great accomplishments is her film, “Bocomo at your Service,” which played at the Citizen Jane Festival. The movie is about servers in Columbia.
She has been preparing for graduation and life after by taking her senior portfolio class and updating her cover letter and resume.
Joyce plans to move to Los Angeles after college and take life from there.
Interior Design Major
Ricketts went to an all-girl two-year college before Stephens, and she really enjoyed both.
Her dream job would to be a residential designer, specifically designing high-end vacation homes.
Going to Joplin and working with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” last year is one of her greatest accomplishments throughout her time at Stephens. She got to meet the cast, paint houses and help pick out decor.
Ricketts has already started looking for jobs and wants to move out of state. She had an internship in Delaware, where they offered her job.
One thing Ricketts wants fellow students and others to know is that interior designs work really hard. People do not see beyond the decorating part but there is much more to that, such as floor plans, electric planning and special finishing.
Fashion Marketing & Management Major
Fashion Marketing & Management is not what Fischel always planned on doing. Before Stephens, Fischel attended William Jewell as a pre-law major. At a doctor’s appointment, her doctor told her about Stephens. She transferred and has loved it ever since.
Fischel’s dream job would to be an executive in development for Niemen Marcus or a company called Men’s Underwear Store in St. Louis.
One of her greatest accomplishments was finishing her capstone and getting through her tougher courses, like Fashion Show Production.
Fischel has been preparing for graduating by applying to jobs and interviewing.