Meet Our Latest Alumna Spotlight: Cailyn McCarthy

Whether you witnessed Cailyn's strong and empowering work ethic firsthand at Mizzou or are now admiring her for her post-graduation work through reading this blog post, there is no surprise she has absolutely flourished since graduation. We admire her drive for reaching tangible results in her post-graduation work and look forward to watching her continue to take the lead on future projects. Find out more about Cailyn's future career and life aspirations, passions outside of work, as well as her most cherished moments from her time at Mizzou and as a Theta below.

Name: Cailyn McCarthy


Theta pledge class: MC ‘14


When you graduated from Mizzou: December 2018


Major/Degree: Civil Engineering with a minor in German


Hometown: Chesterfield, Missouri


Where you live now: Salt Lake City, Utah


Where do you work? What have you been up to since graduation? For the last two years I have worked as a Project Engineer for Clayco onsite a construction project in State College, PA. In August I will be starting a new job as a Development Associate for the SouthWest Region for commercial real estate development firm CRG. I also met my fiancé in PA and moved with him to Utah for his grad program. We are getting married on July 18th!


What's your favorite thing about your job? My favorite part of construction and real estate development is getting to see a tangible result for all of your hard work when the project is finished and the public is using the building you built.


What's your favorite thing about the city you live in? I’m in awe of the access to amazing hiking in alpine-like canyons only 15-20 minutes from my apartment. I also can’t wait for world-class skiing in the winter.


What are you passionate about? Dance! I miss dancing on my high school dance team and for Theta in college. I’m also passionate about German language and culture. I lived in Germany as a child and studied there for a semester in college. My fiancé is fluent in German, so we have the language in common.


What do you do in your free time? Orangetheory, hiking, yoga, reading, traveling, exploring my new city.


Other future career/life goals: I want to start investing in real estate and renting property. I also want to get scuba certified and go diving!


What do you miss most about Mizzou? Spending time with friends 24-7. After living in Theta, I lived in an off campus house near downtown with 6 other Theta friends for junior and senior year. We were always running errands together, studying at our dining room table with one another, sharing meals, or lounging around the house chit chatting. We are all still very close.


What do you miss most about Theta?

I miss my pledge class. We are all so different but share so much love and respect for one another. I also miss dancing for Theta during RAMS Rock It, Homecoming, and Greek Week.


What is one thing you took away from being a part of Theta in college that has shaped you into the woman you are today? What impact has Theta left on you?

Be unapologetically ambitious and support other women doing the same.


Do you have a specific favorite Theta memory? So many late nights studying in the former “Study” (before it was remodeled) with a bunch of girls from MC '14 when we lived in house. Those nights got so weird and funny.

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