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Where Are They Now?: Profiles of Illinois Alumni

Our graduates move on to fascinating careers in industry, education, and beyond!

One great way to keep up with our graduates is through our "Where Are They Now?" blog series.

Each blog highlights the amazing work that illinois graduate alumni are doing in a broad range of careers.

We post one interview each month to the blog and our profile directory, so check back for more stories.

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Geethika Yalamanchili

Geethika Yalamanchili, Chemical Engineering

“The most important thing a PhD teaches you is patience. It teaches you to understand and dissect your mistakes to see what exactly went wrong, and to learn from them and keep going.”

Ryan McConnell

Ryan McConnell, Classics

“The skills that make graduate students into experts in one specific area can also make them competent, even highly competent, in other areas pretty quickly.”

Karen Barton

Karen Barton, Library and Information Science

“My graduate school program really stressed helping communities help themselves and being a facilitator rather than a sole creator of programs or services. I try to apply this same principle in working with college students and professors.”