Life After Bennington: Recent Alumni Perspectives
Career Development Programming
Recent alumni share their experiences of life after Bennington and how they have balanced following their passions and building a career.
Crystal (Barrick) Morales Coto ’11 is a writer and educator living in Brooklyn. She's currently the assistant director of communications at the College Board; prior to that, she worked as a production editor in Bennington’s Communications Office, and with educators and lead authors of the Common Core State Standards at Student Achievement Partners. She has served as editor-in-chief of plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing and an editor of Ghost Proposal. As an undergraduate Crystal studied literature and the advancement of public action in education.
Tambu Kudze ’10 studied biology and mathematics at Bennington. She went on to work as a research technician with the Kaplan Lab in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a medical student at Yale School of Medicine. This past summer, she was a Medical Research Fellow at the school’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Jonah Lipsky ’13 studied psychology and drama at Bennington. He joined the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience lab at Brown University in 2013 and has worked in the lab in multiple capacities. In Fall 2014, he became the lab manager, a position he held until May 2017. He has worked on two major NIH funded studies. Both studies focused on mindfulness-based interventions. In 2015, he published a two-volume collection of his late father Jon Lipsky’s eight best plays, and he also recently co-wrote a play about the politics and ethics of gene editing. He teaches math, computer science and other subjects at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI, and he is currently in the process of applying to psychology PhD programs.
Olympia Shannon ’13 is a photographer and artist based in New York. In her studio practice, she investigates image making, technology and the representation of architecture. As an architectural photographer, she documents museum and gallery exhibitions, private residences and fashion showrooms. Prior to that, she managed the digital image archive at MASS MoCA. Shannon has been an artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Artist’s Center in Troy, NY and her work has been shown throughout the Northeast. At Bennington, she studied photography and visual anthropology.
Moderator: Olivia Judson ’17 currently works at the College as the Kilpatrick Fellow for Institutional Advancement. She wrote her Plan in biology, applied mathematics, and chemistry. She has done FWTs at Saguaro National Park, Syracuse University, and the University of New Mexico. Olivia spent the summer preceding her senior year conducting an independent research project on the “dual-lifestyle” of certain species of fungi that enables them to both grow on feces and symbiotically inside plants. As a student Olivia served as a steering committee member for the Student Gift Program for two years. She is now pursuing a career in nonprofit management and development.