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kelly cahalin ( bs ’15)


• nursing major • recipient of director’s scholarship and damen scholarship


“I’ve always been influenced by


my parents. My dad is an emergency room pediatrician, though the nurse is the one who is with the patient 24/7. I really like how much nurses are able to just be with the patients. My dream has always been to do pediatrics. “In January of 2013, I traveled to


Panama with Global Medical Brigades where we set up a clinic and served patients for free for a week. It was the coolest experience of my life. And in


August of 2013, I traveled to Ghana with Global Medical Brigades again. I was so in love with that trip that I decided to lead it for this upcoming August. “I’ve been able to attend Catholic


schools my entire life. They’ve formed who I am as a person and what my val- ues and my morals are. Catholic educa- tion, especially the Jesuit education, teaches you how to not just be your own person but a person for others.”


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NEARLY ALL LOYOLA STUDENTS RECEIVE


FINANCIAL AID. GIVING TO SCHOLARSHIPS IS A SIGN OF FAITH IN ANOTHER PERSON’S PROMISE .


INTERNSHIPS Finding


the right path Matthew Cartwright was seven years into


a marketing career. He enjoyed aspects of his work, but something didn’t feel right. “I really liked a lot of the components—the


higher-level strategic thinking and having input into the direction we were headed,” he says. “But at the end of the day, I was selling detergent, and I was looking for more meaning out of my work.” Now Cartwright’s in the second year of his


master’s degree in higher education at Loyola, and he says this career path is a better fit. An internship at DePaul last semester, under the guidance of Ellen Meents-DeCaigny (PhD ’08), solidified his choice. Cartwright met Meents- DeCaigny at an internship fair set up by Loyola’s School of Education. “I’m a graduate of the higher education


program myself, so any way I can give back to the


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An internship with Ellen Meents-DeCaigny (PhD ’08) gave Loyola student Matthew Cartwright hands-on experience in his chosen field.


students, I’m willing to do,” Meents-DeCaigny says. “I really enjoy seeing what interests the students have in developing their knowledge and skills.” In the student affairs division at DePaul, Cart-


wright worked on an assessment of a leadership training program for students, among other tasks. He performed and transcribed interviews and tried to find themes identifying what parts of the program were the most and least effective. “I was thinking about the skillset that I had from


marketing that I still want to draw on and leverage as I move into higher education,” Cartwright says. “The role was dynamic—it wasn’t just this very


rigid outline of what I was supposed to do. It helped me think about the impact our commu- nications are making and how I could work for students. It helped refine what I want to do.” The value of an internship is a two-way


street, according to Meents-DeCaigny. “The benefit for my office is we’re a small


team, and so I like to find divisional projects that I don’t have the current staff power to do and move them forward,” she says. “Plus, I can help the students to network, and I myself have a chance to get to know another professional who will be in the field.” Cartwright, who will graduate this spring,


plans to search for a job in alumni relations or admissions as he starts the next phase of his career. “I have no regrets, and think I’ve made a


good decision,” he says. “It’s definitely been an interesting road. I never thought this would be the second and final note in my career. But one thing I’m even more confident about now is that, whatever these next steps are, my career will continue to evolve and change.”


You can become a student’s career connection, as well as access talented interns. Post internship opportunities at your organization on RamblerLink, exhibit at a career fair, or showcase your employer through job shadowing.


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