Career Fellows

Career Fellows work with students both in the Career Center and around campus. These energetic individuals are committed to helping you strengthen your resume and cover letters, find internships, explore career resources, and more.

2019 - 2020 Career Fellows

Bizaye Banjaw '21

Major: English
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Favorite place on campus: FIRST Resource Center
Dream job: Animation Artist
Tufts activities: First-Generation Collective, Comic Relief

Chase after opportunities like they are your last chance.

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Aubrey Fleming ‘20

Major: Biology with a minor in Food Systems & Nutrition
Hometown: Grosse Ile, Michigan
Favorite place on campus: The Prez lawn on sunny days
Dream job: Physician or Community Health Director
Tufts activities: BIO 13 & 14 subject tutor for the ARC; research assistant at USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts; Tisch College Dialogue Fellow; Sharewood Malden Clinic Volunteer;  Member of the Club Ultimate Frisbee team

Share your passion with others whenever you get the chance. Teach them about it. Explain it in depth. People like hearing about what others care about and love telling you what drives themselves. Networking is simply communicating passions. It can only lead to further connections that help you achieve your goals.

Jessie Lan '21

Major: Cognitive and Brain Science with a minor in Education
Hometown: Bridgewater, New Jersey
Favorite place on campus: A snug spot on the couch next to the bookshelf in the Women’s Center
Dream job: Ice cream taste tester??
Tufts activities: Tufts Asian Student Coalition, Gerald Gill Fellowship Program (research on race and democracy!), TEDxTufts

If you feel overwhelmed by the size of some task or challenge, simmering on it too much can make it scary to even begin. But a lot of that worry might just be built up in your mind; if you start chipping away at something, little things quickly fall into place and overall become much more achievable. So don’t worry too much about outcomes — put faith in your own abilities and start by taking a leap.

Leanne Loo '22

Majors: Anthropology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; pre-med track
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Favorite place on campus: Pathway behind Bowen Gate
Dream jobs: Analyzing the structural causes of diseases and disparities; working in solidarity with patients, individuals, and communities toward global equity
Tufts activities: Tisch Scholars, Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab Research Assistant, Synaptic Scholars, TuftScope, Burlesque

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they may seem silly or basic -- you never know where being curious may lead you.

Stefan Lunte '20

Majors: International Relations (concentration: International Security) and German Language and Literature with a minor in Cognitive Brain Sciences
Hometown: Wichita Falls, Texas
Favorite place on campus: Ginn Library
Dream job: Foreign Service Officer for the State Department or any job for the CIA/DIA
Tufts activities: BLAST Scholar, Intramural Soccer, German Club

The legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” With that quote in mind, I would advise incoming first-years to not feel too pressured to know right away what they want their careers to be. Four years is a long time, and a lot of things can and will occur that could change your perspective and academic interests. Take a risk and branch out of your comfort-zone; enroll in classes outside of your intended major, or join a club/organization that you find interesting.

Lea Pensoy ‘20

Major: Sociology with minors in Entrepreneurial Leadership and German
Hometown: London, England
Favorite place on campus: The rainbow steps and The Rez
Dream job: Some sort of successful entrepreneur
Tufts activities: Women Entrepreneurs at Tufts (WE@T), Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), Imaginet

Work hard for what you want, be proactive, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Akbota Saudabayeva ‘22

Major: Anthropology and English
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Favorite place on campus: The Rez!
Dream job: Writer/Editor/Publisher (mainly in terms of books, but I would also LOVE to do sketch comedy for SNL-esque shows)
Tufts activities: Institute Sketch Comedy, TFL, Comic Relief, Poetry/Prose Editor for Observer, WMFO

It's alright to not always know the correct answer or what to do in a situation. No one was born knowing everything about the universe. Keep persisting and keep learning!