Any college student approaches graduation with fears of not finding a “real job” after getting that diploma. Finding a job that is related to your degree, pays well, and excites your passions can seem like the stuff of legend. When I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, it always helps to talk to someone who can relate and offer a glimmer of hope. This past weekend, I sat down with my friend, the gainfully employed alumna, Marchelle Mixson, Burlington College, class of 2015.
A transfer from Green Mountain College, Marchelle spent her last three semesters at BC, and graduated with a degree in Expressive Arts. Our conversation over dinner at Duino Duende ranged from Marchelle’s current jobs (she has three) to her plans for grad school, and of course how great it feels not to have homework.
Only about a month after graduation, she was hired at the ONE Arts Center as their Children’s Education Coordinator. When asked if she felt she had a job in her field, Marchelle modestly replied with a nod saying, “Yeah I think I do. I wouldn’t have expected it to happen this soon, but it’s cool.” In addition to working at ONE, Marchelle is also employed at the Howard Center and Lund Family Center. Though her jobs are different, the three organizations are similar in their missions to build communities and empower individuals.