Thursday, March 17, 2011

ALUMNI: from the class of 2000

Jamie Doddridge graduated from the Prep in 2000 and attended Chapman University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in accounting. She continued her education at USC where she earned her Master’s in business taxation (MBT). "College taught me how to network and to utilize my knowledge," shared Jamie. "I do not think college is only about the education, because the connections you make are important," she continued.

"Fairmont taught me how to be responsible for my time," Jamie said. "The Prep was very similar to college. I had to be responsible and manage my studies and all of my extra activities."

During her high school years, Jamie went to Ecuador for Travel Week. “We all had an amazing time. If you can take advantage of  Travel Weeks, try to go somewhere different! It was wonderful!” She also played on the volleyball, soccer, and softball teams and competed nationally in horse shows. “I think the more activities a student can be involved in, the better. It makes you a more well rounded and a better candidate for ANYTHING you do in the future.”

By participating in the extra- curricular activities Jamie was able “to effectively manage my time.”  She also learned “how to better communicate with various types of people. College is all about learning how to manage your time. It is a skill you will use for the rest of your life.”  In college, Jamie was the vice president of the Accounting Society and helped put on events for the school. She also played soccer and continued to compete in horse shows.

Jamie shares this advice with current Fairmont students: “Take your studies seriously. I cannot tell you how many of my friends/coworkers wished they had been more serious in high school. Also, get involved. Not only will it help you later on, but it will help you learn how to network. Networking is key in today’s workforce!”

- Contributed by Mrs. Anna Kunkle, Prep Alumni Coordinator

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