Senior Spotlight

Before we send the members of the Class of 2023 out into the world, we want to acknowledge what they have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish beyond our campus.

Our Seniors

Van (Bin) Nguyen

Van (Bin) Nguyen

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam    Major: Business Management    

Minors: Marketing and International Business

Activities: Women's Varsity Tennis Team, Resident Assistant, Center for Career Development Intern

Post-Graduate Plans: Open her own business.

Bin said her internship with the Center for Career Development provided both good friends and professional development: "I was in charge of communication, marketing and creating campaigns for workshops and Career Center material. My work focused on research and analyzing data, creating and decorating campaigns, posting on social media, and planning out material in advance for each event, workshop and meeting.”


Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Hometown: Somerset, Pennsylvania     Major: Environmental Studies 

Minor: Philosophy

Activities: ShoreRivers Internship, Disc Golf Club, George’s General, Men's Rowing, River and Field Campus Bird Study Internship

Post-Graduate Plans: Park management. 

“Washington College, switching majors, the internships—it’s all been life changing,” Adam says. “Everything has been for the best in helping me shape my career and my life goals.”

Kelly Atud

Kelly Atud 

Hometown: Bamenda, Cameroon     Major: International Studies   

Activities: Black Student Union, African Student Union, Cleopatra's Sisters, Starr Center for the American Experience Intern

Post-Graduate Plans: Work as a marketing manager in San Diego for a year then go to graduate school.

Kelly said the opportunity to study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea made a huge impact on her education and her life. “It has enlightened me to a whole new perspective on life and increased my sense of independence. I have also learned to love and accept myself as I am and for who I am.” Her advice to any student looking to study abroad? “Do lots and lots of research about your host university, and plan way ahead of time.”

Jonah Nicholson

Jonah Nicholson

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland     Major: Business Management

Minors: Black Studies and Political Science

Activities: PeerSMART Advocate, Residential Assistant, George's General, Wellness Advocacy Coach, SGA Senator (Former SGA Vice President), BSU Member, Club Volleyball Team, Inducted Member of the National Honor Society for Leadership and Success, I.D.E.A. Working Group Member

Post-Graduate Plans: Management Trainee Program for Enterprise.

“One of my most significant accomplishments was serving as the SGA Vice President during my senior year,” Jonah says. “I have always enjoyed the SGA, even prior to college, because it allows the students to advocate for what we need and implement ideas that make a quality student experience. I had been a Senator for 3 years, and over time I got to work with various departments, student groups, and people in the Chestertown community. I got to work on projects like Club Festival, Legislation/Constitutional Amendments, and Alumni Engagement. When I was elected as VP, I was elated! It took a lot of confidence to put myself out there as well as talk to so many different people, and I'm so glad I did. Being on the board, I was able to help advocate and represent my community on campus. I am going to miss working diligently with my peers on campus. My experience in the SGA has prepared me for what comes next and I am so grateful!”

Amy Paleena

Paleena Amy

Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland     Majors: Environmental Science and Physics

Minor: Dance

Activities: Dance Club President, Kappa Alpha Omicron Vice President, Quantitative Skills Center Tutor

Post-Graduate Plans: Work in environmental consulting then attend graduate school for geoengineering.

Paleena said skills she learned in Washington College physics classes were useful during her eight-week  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Yale University the summer after her junior year. “Every physics class I take now has a coding component,  and I’ve learned how to use it a bit more. It’s becoming a really big part of physics."