What Are Our Students Doing Now?

Where can you go after a two-quarter long intensive study of the humanities? Anywhere! Our students have pursued majors in over twenty departments at the university, from chemistry to art history. They've interned with businesses, museums, and relief organizations all over the world, from Ghana to Tokyo. They've gone on to careers in medicine, science, law, business, the arts, and, yes, the humanities! They've started tech companies and filmed documentaries. They've garnered some of the most prestigious academic awards at the university and in the country, including the Beinecke Fellowship. What can you do after the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program? Anything!

Jessica Bickel-Barlow (Kaplan class of 2012 and NU class of 2015)


Bickel-Barlow was selected as a Marshall Scholar and will pursue consecutive master’s degrees in literature and drama in England and Scotland. Bickel-Barlow, who graduated with a double major in English literature and in radio, television and film at Northwestern, will study how collaboration shaped Renaissance drama and how those early modern theatrical practices might be used in today’s world. The budding artistic director aims to start a theater company founded on a philosophy designed to open art to diverse voices. Based upon her research, she will partner with leading research and artistic institutions in the U.K. and the U.S.

Max Brawer (Kaplan class of 2009 and NU class of 2012)

Photo: Max Brawer (right) wears Google Glass glasses and poses with a friend.Max has kept up with the humanities as a freelancer over the years, winning a Society of Professional Journalists award for his work at North by Northwestern, setting a contributor record at BuzzFeed, and publishing in Forbes, The Japan Times, and MTV, to name just a few. His day-job at the Nielsen Emerging Leaders Program has taken him to New York, L.A., San Francisco and Chicago in the past two years.

Claire Dillon (Kaplan class of 2011 and NU class of 2014)

Photo: Claire Dillon stands in front of a bas relief image of Lenin in Lenin Park, Havana, CubaClaire Dillon is currently earning her PhD in Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University, after earning an MPhil in Medieval Studies at Trinity College Dublin as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. She has studied and interned abroad in Bologna, Italy; Havana, Cuba; and on Easter Island, and represented Northwestern at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin three years in a row. Claire was the co-founder (along with two other Kaplan students, Ryan Lim and Caroline Dean) of Project ShoutOUT, an organization focused on outreach and support for LGBTQ youth. She was previously the Director of Education and Outreach for the Chicago nonprofit ART WORKS Projects; editorial assistant for Art Journal; and editor-in-chief of Northwestern Art Review.

Mariam Gomaa (Kaplan class of 2011 and NU class of 2014)

Miriam Gomaa

A biology and creative writing student at Northwestern, Mariam is currently trying to keep up with both passions as an M.D. candidate at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and as a freelance journalist. Her writing and photography have been featured in The New York Times, TIME, BBC World Service, xoJane, and Graze Magazine, among other publications!

Minjae Lee (Kaplan class of 2009, NU class of 2012)

Photo: Minjae Lee stands in front of a colorful background.

Minjae currently works as a product marketing manager at Google, developing offline retail experiences for hardware products (think what tables, shelves, fixtures look like when you walk into a store!). Though no longer toiling in the humanities, Minjae says he still uses his Kaplan critical-thinking and analytical skills every day.

Hannah Roodman (Kaplan class of 2008 and NU class of 2011)

Photo: Hannah Roodman looks down at her DSLR camera.

Hannah recently directed and produced the world's first documentary to use Google Glass. Titled "Project 2x1," the documentary is a cultural examination of the Hasidic and Caribbean communities in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Hannah and her small team of filmmakers and community activists recently presented the project at the 2014 TED conference in Vancouver.