Spotlight

Political Science M.A. | Paralegal
What are you currently doing for work? Paralegal contractor with FSA, servicing the USAO. I work as a legal support for the attorneys of the Federal District Courts, preparing case files and filing motions in the criminal division. How did your education in COLA prepare you for life after college...
Music (Performance) Major | Professional Pianist
What are you doing for work and how did you get there? Currently, I manage my own teaching practice in Mississauga, Ontario, adjudicate for festivals and competitions, and perform both as a soloist and with my husband Gregory (Millar Piano Duo).  I also serve as Vice-President of one of the most...
Communication Major | New Teacher Support Coach
I am currently a new teacher support coach at University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC. I support 35 teachers in four different schools. My job is to go into classrooms and see how I can best support new teachers in areas of planning, instruction and assessment. I also provide professional...
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Spanish)
Clara Esther Castro-Ponce, lecturer in Spanish, joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts in 2018. A native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, Castro-Ponce completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico, where she majored in...
Classics Major
Ari Toumpas enjoyed a classic UNH education. Yes, he majored in the classics, but a major is only what you make of it, and Ari made the most of his. Let’s start in the classroom where Ari fell in love with the Introduction to Classical Myth. He took the course his first semester at UNH and was an...
Psychology Major
As an international student from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Malaa Sultan was both excited and nervous about attending a foreign university; but, she says, “the academic reputation of UNH and the beauty of its campus” made her decide to come to Durham. Today, it seems as if ages have passed since the...
English/Journalism Major
Once her classmates got over the fact that she’d never skied, Olivia Olbrych’s UNH career was all fresh powder, so to speak, from there. Olivia’s is a tale in two parts, with part one involving the Charleston, R.I., native coming to UNH to study English journalism and, upon meeting professor Tom...
Communication Major
Abigail McIntosh believes the university experience is “beautiful because students are supposed to come out on the other side a totally different version of themselves.” The high school version of Abigail initially “wrote off” UNH as a less appealing option because it was close to her hometown of...
History and Russian Majors
There’s often a difference between the things that bring you to UNH as a high schooler and those that keep you here as a Wildcat. Peter Jaarsma, a history and Russian major from Cornish, N.H., demonstrates the point. He chose to come to UNH because he liked the campus, wanted a university that was...
English Teaching Major
If you want to be successful, there’s simply no substitute for putting in the time and effort, says Parker Gauthier. An English education major from Dover, N.H., Parker never confused himself with Bill Nye The Science Guy and frankly admits to being “the kind of person who reads Emerson, Thoreau,...
Art History and Geography Majors
Megan Cooper has either attended or worked at sleepaway camps more summers of her life than not. These experiences instilled in her “a love for environments created for kids to be themselves, grow, explore, create, and gain confidence and independence.” Such a childhood can also produce the kind of...
Political Science and Justice Studies Majors
Cameron Brusko grew up in the football rich community of Bethlehem, Pa. However, when it came time to choose a university to attend (and play football), he chose to bring his talents to UNH and Sean “Coach Mac” McDonnell ’78. As a justice studies and political science dual major and Wildcat...