• Allie Faulkner

    Allie's education and experiences at Guilford College prepared her for a career as a professional choral singer in Philadelphia, Pa.

    Allie graduated from Guilford College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and Bachelor of Arts in sociology & anthropology. After graduation, she enrolled in a master’s program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

    Because of her education at Guilford, Allie says she was well prepared for the next step in her professional music career.

    “I attribute a lot of my success in graduate school, and now as a professional musician, to the amazing faculty of the Guilford music department,” Allie says.

    “Apart from each of them being brilliant, talented musicians and teachers, they are so fiercely supportive of their students and truly care about them. During my time, they shared with me a balance between challenge and nurture, which helped me develop into a successful student and musician.”

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  • Rebecca Gibian

    Rebecca is a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

    Rebecca double-majored in English and Psychology at Guilford and hopes to become an international crisis reporter focused on women and children. While at the College, she worked at the school’s newspaper, The Guilfordian, in a variety of roles, but counts her experiences as editor-in-chief to be the most influential on her decision to pursue a M.S. degree in journalism.

    “I understand I have the privilege of a voice that people will listen to and I want to use my voice to help others speak,” she says. “I want to report on breaking news, but also look at institutional and systemic crises around the globe such as reproductive rights or water and sanitation issues.”

    Rebecca is thankful for the education and experiences she had at the College and believes Guilford prepared her to take the next step in her future career. “I knew I had the skills to do well at USC because Guilford made me work hard,” she says. “I was pushed out of my comfort zone, I expanded my boundaries, I failed and I learned. Guilford gave me all those opportunities in a safe space.”

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  • Michelle Hill

    Michelle chose Guilford College to pursue her passion for forensics.

    Long before there were television shows about crime scene investigations, Michelle worked as a hair stylist. One of her customers was a crime scene investigator, and this fascinated her. Years later, after sustaining a hand injury that kept her out of work, she reexamined her career goals.

    “I knew the only way to make it happen was to be brave and take that leap,” Michelle says. “As an adult, you still have to pay the bills, but that’s going to be there no matter what. If you can go back to school, then do it. You’re the only one who can change your career path.”

    As Michelle’s May graduation approaches, she often thinks about her first days at Guilford.

    “I was worried I was going to be the oldest person in class,” Michelle says. “I feel like I fit right in. There are so many other students my age and others that are older than me. I don’t feel out of place here.

    “You have to say, ‘I’m doing this for me.’”

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