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KRISTIN GOGAL

B.S. Biology (Special Education), ’16
Marymount University

Some people track the hawksbill sea turtle for its translucent shell. To make jewelry. Kristin tracks the rare and agile sea turtle with satellite tagging. To help save it.

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As an undergrad biology major, Kristin traveled to Belize and helped tag the endangered hawksbill, at risk from hunting and habitat destruction. Back at the MU turtle labs, she tracks its migratory patterns. “I also got an embryology research grant through our DISCOVER program. I was able to work independently, but also with a faculty mentor to learn best research practices. Being here has definitely enhanced my career goals in science in so many ways not possible at a larger school.”

CHRISTINA TUONG

B.A. Interior Design, ’16
NOVA Transfer Student
Marymount University

As a NOVA student, Christina was certain she wanted to be a residential interior designer. After transferring to MU’s interior design program, she found her passion for hospitality spaces – and won a national design competition for her concept!

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Never afraid to get her hands dirty, Christina learned construction from the ground up at a remodeling company. “When I realized that design involves more than just interior decorating, I transferred from NOVA to Marymount’s CIDA-accredited interior design program.” At MU, she won top prize for an urban hotel lobby design in a national competition, which included a paid internship with a DC design house. “My focus has now transitioned from designing residential spaces to commercial spaces. My capstone project is a pop-up park and café that allows users to enjoy a park-like atmosphere during the winter season, offering food at the café during the day and cocktails at the bar at night. After graduation, I want to specialize in designing hospitality spaces, and, later on, I would love to study architecture.”

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