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This summer brings new activities and opportunities for MU students

Popsicles and playgrounds once defined the summers of the past. Now, after finals wrap up Marquette students will take a break from classes and abandon these classic traditions to spend their summers in different ways.

Furthering Careers

Kelly Mackey, a fifth-year physical therapy student, will travel to Seattle, Wash. for a 10-week clinical program at an outpatient sports medicine clinic. She will drive out to Washington before working.

“I’m looking forward to going somewhere new,” Mackey said. “But am nervous about working full-time with no pay.”

She will work with patients in the clinic in conjunction with physical therapists and will slowly become more independent in her work.

Jim Isaacs, a junior in the College of Business Administration, will be a product analyst intern in Milwaukee with Associated Bank this summer.

“I am excited to take my previous internship experience and apply it in a new setting,” Isaacs said. Isaacs also said he looks forward to spending the summer in Milwaukee.

Working Hard for the Money

Bobby Heffernan, a freshman in the College of Health Sciences, said he is working at his own landscaping company, GotMulch? for a fifth summer. Heffernan said he started the company during high school after he landscaped his own yard.

“I thought, ‘why can’t I (landscape) for others and make money?’” Heffernan said. He now employs three other students.

Heffernan said he is not looking forward to having to get up early for work.

Luke Krajcik, a freshman in the College of Education, will spend his days working at Panera Bread and Pet World in his hometown of Menomonee Falls, Wis.

“Bunnies or bagels, I can hook you up,” Krajcik said.

Although he enjoys working with customers behind the register and on the floor, Krajcik said he is most looking forward to earning money.

Grace Brielmaier, a sophomore in the College of Education, will spend her summer outside as a lifeguard and also as a nanny.

Brielmaier has been a lifeguard at her local pool for the last four years and also teaches swimming lessons.

She will nanny for two girls aged eight and nine.

“I drive them to activities and try to get them outside,” Brielmaier said. “They always want to play computer games.”

Courtney Kronschnabel, a freshman in the College of Business Administration, will be a camp counselor at Camp Foley, where she has been a camper for the last 10 years. The camp is located in Pine River, Minn.

“The camp has made me who I am,” Kronschnabel said. “Being a counselor is just the next step.”

She will teach sailing and lacrosse at the camp.

“I love sharing my passion for sailing with other people,” she said. “A lot of people don’t take the opportunity to learn how to sail.”

Kronschnabel will be at the overnight camp from May through August.

“I am basically stuck there the whole summer,” she said.


Aliza McKamey, a junior in the College of Engineering, is going to improve her circus skills.

McKamey will take circus classes in Minnesota twice a week over the summer.

She said her favorite circus act to perform is the Spanish web, an aerial circus skill in which the performer secures a long braided rope suspended overhead around her ankle or wrist and hangs freely.

“The feeling when you are able to completely master a skill is amazing,” McKamey said. She has been practicing circus for three years.


Cody McNeil, a freshman in the College of Engineering, will travel with Navy ROTC to San Diego, Calif., for a four-week training seminar.

McNeil said he will sample future navy careers while living on base with NROTC members from around the country. They will learn about submarines, aviation, surface warfare and the marines.

“I’m looking forward to meeting other midshipmen and learning what it’s like to be in fleet,” McNeil said.

Nick Vukmir, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, will travel to Bosnia with the Army ROTC. He is the only Marquette student traveling there, although nine other Marquette students in his battalion will travel abroad.

Vukmir will live on a U.S. military base in Bosnia for a month.

“They don’t really tell you what you will be doing,” Vukmir said. “They said to be ready for physical fitness.”


Sarah Thiry, a sophomore in the College of Nursing will travel to the Dominican Republic through Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern. Thiry will work with a team of physicians, medical students, pharmacists and dental students operating a clinic where she will focus on women’s health issues.

“I will be educating the women and young women on topics such as awareness of physical and sexual abuse in addition to personal health and physical fitness,” Thiry said.

Thiry said she is most excited to be building relationships with the people in the village she will be working and get more in touch with the world around her.


Molly Milota, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, will graduate with an English degree. Milota will move to Kansas in July to start graduate school at Kansas State University for college student development.

“I’m not excited about leaving Milwaukee, but I am ready for something new,” Milota said.

Meg Goeden, a senior in the College of Engineering, will graduate and move back home to Saukville, Wis. this summer and start looking for a real job. In the meantime, she will work at a grocery store.

“I want to find a job with a new experience where I can expand my education,” Goeden said.

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