Top played song on your playlist?:
LET IT GO by DJ KHALED feat. Justin Bieber
Where has your CI degree taken you?:
My CI degree has taken me further than I could’ve imagined. I started working in Apple Retail my sophomore year at UK (thanks to a CI faculty member who referred me)! Working my way up through Apple was only possible because of my CI degree. The skills my degree gave me centered around building connections, forming and maintaining relationships, and understanding the impact that your words have on people. These exact skills are what created the trajectory of my career and have been what I get most recognized for at my workplace.
What is your favorite thing about your job?:
By far my favorite thing about my job is the people. I have created lifelong friendships and relationships at Apple and it is something special to work side by side with people each day that align with your values and work ethic.
What¹s the most valuable thing you learned in CI?:
The most valuable thing I learned in CI was how to be confident. My time in CI challenged me in a way that forced me to be confident in order to succeed. There was no choice to shy away from what life provided for me so I had to face it all head on, with confidence.
What advice would you give to current CI students?:
Don’t. Be. So. Hard. On. Yourself.
The faculty reading this will laugh, remembering the time I cried in the advising office over a B on an exam. Work hard and put effort into your school, but don’t forget to be YOU! Get involved, spend time doing the things you like with people that help you grow as a person. (These people are very important!) With all of that being said, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s okay if you didn’t get the grade you thought you would in a class. It’s okay if you don’t make the Dean’s List. Your worth isn’t defined by your grades and you’ll never get good grades anyways if you’re not taking care of yourself first.