Mekala Krishnan ’01 is a museum content designer whose goal is to highlight the shared human experience and spark inspiration and connections across time and space. As a public historian and interpreter working at exhibition design firm Thinc Design, she constantly asks, “How can I transport, inspire or surprise someone who came thinking she or he was going to be bored? How can I make a subject relevant and meaningful to their lives?” After gaining confidence in her voice at Laurel, Mekala pursued subjects she loved (thanks to Mme. Andre and Mr. Connell!) and followed her passions into a field she didn’t even know existed when she was a Laurel student. She encourages others to stay true to what they love and to take the path less traveled.
Julia Saltzman ’17 has only been away from Lyman Circle for two years and already she is making her mark on the scientific community at the University of Miami. An AP Environmental Science class at Laurel, coupled with speech and debate success (she competed in the National Tournament her Senior year) sparked Julia’s desire to impact science policy. As a research and media intern for the University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation program, she spends her weekends tagging and collecting data on wild sharks, an essential part of the marine ecosystem. In addition to fieldwork, Julia also does photography for the lab, which helps with outreach efforts to highlight the University’s work on shark immunology, stress physiology and conservation. Read on to find out more about Julia’s marine adventures!
“Don’t let the goal get in the way of the journey,” advises Jennifer Colville ’82, who admits that it took her awhile to take her own advice. Based in Amman, Jordan, Jennifer tackles development challenges in 18 countries and territories as Team Leader for Innovation, Arab States with the United Nations Development Programme. She credits Laurel for teaching her the value of teamwork, a skill she uses daily whether it is encouraging student entrepreneurs or working on multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams. Read on to learn more about Jennifer’s fascinating work.