Gateway to the Future
Five recent graduates reflect on their four years at Bucknell.
By Rajaa Qadri ’10
After the Matriculation Ceremony, first-year students walk through the Christy Mathewson Gates to symbolize their entrance to the University. At Commencement, seniors walk out of the gates to symbolize their departure to the next stage of their lives. Shown here, Naomi Hossain '08
“As a tour guide, I am often asked my favorite thing about Bucknell. The best answer I can give is that there are so many opportunities here. Over the past four years, I have become a resident assistant, joined the Residence Hall Association, been on the executive board for Habitat for Humanity, participated in numerous intramural sports, joined the concert committee (and met artists such as 311, the Goo Goo Dolls, Kanye West, Ben Folds, and Third Eye Blind), became a tour guide, and used the Career Development Center to set up internships. Bucknell has not only been some of the best years of my life, but some of the years that I am most proud of.” — Matt Lefurge ’08, who is working at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“Coming from Bangladesh, I have been lucky to receive an international student scholarship that has allowed me to become a prominent student leader on campus, have a remarkable academic experience, and meet some great people. I have been able to bring a very different perspective of what the world is like outside the Bucknell bubble, and my efforts at creating a safe and culturally aware environment have been successful because of the help that I have received along the way. I am proud to be a Bucknellian!” —Naomi Hossain ’08, who became engaged to Stuart Hollenshead ’07 the evening before commencement.The couple plans to marry Aug. 2 and move to Wooster, Mass., where she will prepare for her master’s in education administration.
“The Bucknell experience has been a very interesting one. I was away from home for the first time. The transition was not easy since I am an only child and very close to my family. However, Bucknell helped me to become more independent. The Bucknell community has been a home away from home, and the professors are willing to go out of their way to help. Bucknell has prepared me for almost every obstacle I could face. I am determined to leave my mark in the world and know that Bucknell will be behind me all the way.” — Kris Collymore ’08, who plans to spend the upcoming year preparing to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy by completing prerequisites, studying for the GRE, and volunteering in hospitals, nursing homes, and private practices.
“I take pride in being a four-year letter winner and a two-year captain of the Bucknell men’s tennis team. Being on this team has helped me mature not only on the court, but also off it. I encourage people to give every snap, every point, and every play their all. I want them to understand that when they put on the orange and blue, they represent something larger than themselves. I tell others that the worst feeling they will experience is not losing, but rather walking off the court or field with regret. For me, studying at Bucknell — and living in the beautiful town of Lewisburg — has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will certainly treasure it as I look back someday.” — Ben Young ’08, who will teach 8th grade language arts in Connecticut.
“I came to Bucknell an apprehensive teenager with no knowledge of the fabulous experience waiting for me. I started as a cell-biology/biochemistry major but soon found my true calling. I can proudly say I am graduating with a BA in psychology and religion with the hope of working with children in the future. I owe my success to the family I have found at Bucknell. The friends I made freshmen year have stayed with me throughout my time here, and the professors have served as mentors who have forced me to discover my own potential.” — Lakshmi Bhagavatula ’08, who will pursue her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.