Meet the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 is off to do amazing things! How have these recent graduates been transformed and inspired by their time at DePaul? Read on to find out.

Greg Kulasik | B.S. in Business; B.S. in Computer Science
Driehaus College of Business, College of Computing and Digital Media

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

“I utilize what I learned from the College of Computing and Digital Media to pursue my personal interests and work on industry-changing projects at work. It feels good to know more than how to just do my job. My degree in accountancy allows me to also understand how technology impacts businesses on a larger scale.”
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Bella Mucino | B.A. in Psychology
College of Science and Health

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

“DePaul has given me the confidence to go out into the world and help people. That is exactly why I went into psychology: so I could enact change.”
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Amar Patel | B.S. in Business Analytics
School for New Learning

DePaul University/Maria Toscano

DePaul University/Maria Toscano

“The online experience has been wonderful, and it’s really helped me with managing time. I can go to my job at the Sheriff’s Office. I can put the kids down to sleep at 8 o’clock at night and log in to do my homework, papers or whatever needs to be done. It was a struggle, it was a lot of work, but it worked out well.”
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Jalen Gilbert | B.F.A. in Acting
The Theatre School 

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

“I have to use the skills I’ve been given to speak on things that are uncomfortable, to start up that conversation so we can make some progress start happening.”
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Oleksandra Babiy | B.A. in Communication Studies
College of Communication

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

“I still remember seeing the Loop Campus for the first time and meeting my teachers. They insisted on being addressed by their first names. They were so approachable. In Ukraine, the teachers encouraged you to do well, but here it was beyond getting a good grade—they wanted you to be able to connect on a much deeper level.”
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Donalisa Gomez | B.F.A. in Animation
College of Computing and Digital Media

DePaul University/Maria Toscano

DePaul University/Maria Toscano

“I like that CDM professors are pretty open minded as to what the students want to pursue individually. They don’t try and tell you, ‘You have to make movies like this; you have to have stories or scripts like this; it has to be a certain way.’ At CDM, there is no formula. You control what you produce.”
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Erik Martinez | B.S. in Elementary Education
College of Education

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

“The Vincentian mission instilled in me a desire to serve others, especially the voiceless. The mission has helped me understand my place and voice in the world as a college-educated male. I understand that, because of my education, I am in a position of privilege, but it also comes with responsibility. I have the responsibility to help others and get them where they need to be to succeed.”
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Griffin Hardy | B.A. in Catholic Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

“We would spend class talking about the justice system in the United States, some alternatives and also how we can work on healing some of the harm that has been done instead of having a punitive system of punishment. Because the question really is: Is sending someone to prison for 20 years actually doing anything to solve the underlying problems?”
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Ben Rogers | B.M. in Music Performance for Cello
School of Music

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

“I thrive when I am surrounded by stronger musicians. I can see what people do better than I do, because then I can adapt that to myself and improve.”
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Sue Lee | J.D.
College of Law

DePaul University/Deanna Williams

DePaul University/Deanna Williams

“There’s obviously a huge gap between those who can afford legal services and those who cannot, and the wider the gap, the greater the social injustice that exists in the world.”
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Reprinted with permission from the DePaul Newsroom. 

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