Students in Evening and Weekend Studies
Where Are They Now?
Checking Up on Evening and Weekend Studies Alumni
By Alexa Steele
It's easy to see what's become of Josh Blue '01, arguably one of Evening and Weekend Studies' most notable alumni. He won the 2006 "Last Comic Standing" television competition and is a member of the U.S. Paraolympic soccer team. But what about alumni in other fields - where are they now? Three of these former Greeners are now working hard across town, across the country and across the pond.
City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania:
A master's student, Stewart is close to receiving a degree in city and regional planning, and has written an article for WorldChanging entitled, "Can Los Angeles Become the US' First Regional City?" (see www.worldchanging.com/archives/004898.html. Stewart, 30, would like to work as a planner to conserve what little is left of open, untouched spaces in urban areas. He is also interested in the 2050 Project, a national organization working to better the United States for future generations.
Like many Evening and Weekend students at Evergreen, Stewart '04 was hard-working, trying to balance his job and studies. "Working and attending school at the same time helps prepare for the schedule of graduate school, which is far more rigorous than undergrad," says Stewart, who focused on environmental planning at Evergreen. He describes his former Evergreen studies as "an in-depth look at the problem, while graduate school is a search for the solutions."
Medieval Book Restoration and Conservation, University of Sussex, England:
Across the pond, 24-year-old Johnson is working to preserve what is left of the past. His interest in medieval book restoration and the conservation of other historical materials led him to West Dean College in West Sussex, England . There, he is in a two-year program leading to a master of art in conservation studies at the University of Sussex .
Evergreen helped Johnson get where he is today. "At first I took Evening and Weekend studies to help facilitate the work I was undertaking in other programs. I was in a program that called for some in-depth research and analysis, and I really had no idea how to go about it," says Johnson, '05. It was at one of his night classes that Johnson met faculty member Randy Stilson, who would help him throughout his undergraduate studies with independent learning contracts and sponsoring him in an internship at the Evergreen library. "Without Evening and Weekend Studies, I never would have been prepared for intense studies in England , nor would I have been able to achieve my goal of working as a freelance medieval book restorer," he notes.
Deputy Sheriff, Lewis County Washington:
Brown, who graduated with a concentration in criminal justice, is one of many students who took evening and weekend classes while balancing a family and full-time job. At 36, Brown is raising two young children while working as a deputy sheriff for Lewis County , a position she has had for 11 years. Because of her tight workday schedule, Evening and Weekend studies appealed to her. "Weekend classes were convenient for me because I work during the week." Brown '06 found that classes such as Crime and Punishment, and Juvenile Delinquency acted as a springboard to move up in her career.
Taking courses with a full plate of family and work, Brown was pleased that Evening and Weekend studies faculty were very flexible and well aware of the busy schedules of working adults. "There was not one instructor who wasn't understanding and compassionate towards what else was going on in my life besides my coursework. If I hit a snag, they were always able to help me figure something out."
So, unsure of where to start? Can't decide which classes to take? One of the first steps is to attend Academic Fair and Evening and Weekend Studies Information Nights. Both events give potential and current students the opportunity to meet with the dean, faculty, admissions counsellors, academic advisors and career planners. The freedom of building a unique focus to your studies is an option for everyone, says Johnson. "The potential exists for everyone, as long as they take advantage of the opportunity."
Alexa Steele is sophomore focusing on peace studies, community development and humanitarian aid. Originally from Bangor, Maine she plans to work in either Africa or South America after college.