Four Roommates After Davidson

Four Roommates After Davidson

Amelia (3rd in line) with her senior roommates.

We say life at Davidson happens in a bubble. Well, for the class of 2013, that bubble has burst and we have been sent floating or crashing into the real world. Maybe it is not that dramatic. We certainly all have different journeys.

In this post, I will fill you in about the paths my roommates and I have taken post-Davidson. Thanks to Davidson’s expert roommate pairing, we stayed together all four years and became as close as sisters despite not having met before becoming Wildcats. Our journeys reveal great diversity of experience and perhaps some surprising similarities.

After graduating with a Theatre major and Arabic minor, I spent the summer abroad in Mexico working for a non-profit organization called Amigos de las Américas. I worked around the clock in very tight quarters with my co-workers. My co-workers and collaborators were passionate, Spanish-speaking youth leaders. I supervised high school volunteers, most of whom were U.S. born.

Now, I am in Boston, a new city for me, and am happy to report that at The Theater Offensive I am once again part of a driven, passionate, hard-working cohort committed to making the change we want t

o see in the world. The Theater Offensive, or TTO for short, is a theatre committed to its mission ‘to form and present the diverse realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build a more honest, progressive community.’ A Davidson Impact Fellowship endowed though the Williamson Trust afforded me this opportunity.

In both jobs, the mission-driven work has fulfilled my need for connection to the communities in which I live and work. Nonetheless, no job has everything. This summer, I suffered from artistic withdrawal. Now, I see multiple performances every week. Amen. Still, the one thing I miss most from my summer is speaking Spanish everyday.

Each of my roommates has work experiences tethered in some was to my own and to their Davidson course of study.

My roommate in Atlanta, who studied English and Theatre, began working soon after graduation in a new city close to home.  She researches and produces articles and infographics for publications that inform regional utility companies about industry trends. Like me, she spends most of her day at the computer. While she found a job with the types of tasks she was looking for ie. writing, editing, layout, she did not find an organization whose mission fulfilled her.  I compromised on the tasks in favor of the mission.

Four Roommates After Davidson

Map of the roommates’ current destinations.

My roommate in Charlotte, who studied English and Economics, is in a new city close to our Davidson home. After talking the summer to rest, she began working in consulting. Her work hours are comparable to my hectic summer schedule, especially Mondays through Thursdays when she cranks out work in an Ohio hotel with her co-workers. Like both of my work environments, hers is composed of mostly young people with shared goals. Though the structures of her organization are driven by competition, she has found ways to make sincere connections with her co-workers. A few weeks ago, she learned that another analysts’ grandparents speak the same Chinese dialect as her own grandparents.

The last, but not least of our group, who studied Psychology and French, returned to France to teach elementary school English after spending a summer lifeguarding and saving money in her home town. This year, she will wear the many hats of teacher, explorer, tutor, babysitter and grad school applicant as she takes full advantage of this gap year of adventures.

 

Three emerges as a special number for commonalities in our post-Davidson lives.

Three of us speak a language other than the one we speak at home in either our current or summer work.  Three of us spend most of our time in front of the computer. Three of us are keeping personal blogs. Three of us have more free time than we did at Davidson.

Three of us are paying off student loans. Economically, we have landed all over that map. The roommate in France and I are living somewhat comfortably rather than scraping by due to the generosity of our parents and relatives. The flip side of this is that the expectations set for us in terms of quality of professional dress and overall expectation to be fancy are low. The inverse is true for my other roommates.

Three of our jobs have a proposed end date and although all of us are working toward general goals for the future, I’m not sure any one of us could tell you exactly where we plan to be in five years.  I mean to say where in the geographical sense as much as in the sense of where we might be on these “paths”.

 

For now, we are all grateful to be employed using skills we developed as Wildcats. That makes any day a great day.

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