John Mavretich (’09) — Lawyer, Venable LLC
Mavretich earned his B.A. in political science and economics from Christendom in 2009. He stressed the amount of opportunities in the D.C. area for alumni of the college, saying “Rather than being a limitation, my liberal arts education has been an incredible asset in my career. There’s a real versatility to the education you receive at Christendom, and students need to understand and appreciate this while they’re here”After graduating from Christendom, Maveritch gained experience in communications, public relations, radio, and TV. After a few years with Energy Research, Mavretich decided that he was interested in the business sector and went on to get a law degree at George Mason University. His liberal arts background helped propel him through graduate school and into a successful law career in Washington, D.C., thanks to the “soft skills” Christendom gave him in the classroom and beyond. “We’re living in an era where basic skills should be heavily emphasized, but they’re not. The first of these is reading comprehension. Being able to pull out the main ideas from dense texts is very beneficial. The writing you’re doing for exams, papers, and your senior theses here at Christendom are instilling in you a necessary skill set for later in life,” he said.
Tyler Lowe (’11) — Director of Online Education, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy
Earning her degree in philosophy from Christendom in 2011, Lowe focused her talk on the value of doing internships before graduating college. The summer after her freshman year, Lowe decided she never wanted to waitress again, a moment that helped her focus clearly on her career goals. “I did internships between my sophomore and junior years at Christendom,” said Lowe. “It wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t strive after my goals with determination and decided that waitressing wasn’t where I wanted to be.” She said that she spends much of her time now at the Federalist Society interviewing students, speakers, and senators. “It is a unique job that requires a unique skill set and background. I wouldn’t have arrived where I am today if I hadn’t set those goals for myself after my freshman year. Those goals, and the skills of clear thinking that I received at Christendom, helped me find my success,” she said.
Lauren Merz (’10) — Director of Strategic Partnerships, Live Action
Merz earned her B.A. in philosophy, and now works for the pro-life media group Live Action. During her time at the college, Merz worked in both the student life office and as a member of the student activities council, where she learned the administration skills she still uses today. After graduating, Merz took her practical and intellectual skills out into the workforce, first at the Media Research Center and then with Live Action. As a member of the pro-life media group, she is on the front lines of the battle against groups such as Planned Parenthood. While it can be a daunting task, Merz believes Christendom’s education and culture helped prepare her for her current job. “You need to be able to network. Start by focusing on the person you’re with and engage fully with them in your time together. Typically, I have thirty seconds to sell something to a donor. I have to exude my passion for the organization, and you must also if you’re going to find success. Furthermore, have a can-do attitude. Find a mission you’re passionate about. We’re in a really bad time right now, but you’re called to fight for life and to be a light in the world. My challenge to you is to allow God to use you in whatever you’re called to,” concluded Merz.
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