eager for new challenges
After the May 8 commencement
exercises, graduates ventured from the Winthrop campus to begin the
next phase of their lives. A few seniors shared their stories:
This summer, Ashlei Stevens, a mass communication and
major from Lexington, S.C., will participate in a 10-week internship
at the New York Times. Stevens is thrilled with the chance to hone her
writing skills and to move to the Big Apple.
“I am very excited about this opportunity, because I know it is one
that only a few get a chance to experience,” said Stevens, who interned
in the summers of 2002 and 2003 at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, a
New York Times Co. newspaper.
Stevens was chosen along with five others in the nation and may be
offered a full-time position upon completion of the internship.
Derek Wong of Toronto, Canada, finished his college career as a member
of Winthrop’s most successful men’s tennis team to date. The team
hosted and won the Big South conference championship and took its
first trip to the NCAA men's tennis tournament, where they faced Duke.
Wong, a business administration major with a concentration in finance,
played four years on the team. He will continue working at Founders
Federal Credit Union while he pursues his M.B.A. in international
business at Winthrop. He also will work as a graduate assistant in
Winthrop’s International Center and as a tennis instructor for the
health and physical education department. “I feel like I’ve gotten
everything out of Winthrop that I intended and much more.”
The first dual honors degree student to graduate from
Gentry of Charleston, S.C., is a double major in political science and
psychology. She spent much of her senior year conducting research in
two areas. She studied youth voting patterns, as well as how school
tracking can be seen as another level of public school segregation. In
her final days at Winthrop, Gentry received the Mary Mildred Sullivan
Award, which recognizes an outstanding female member of the
graduating class. Gentry will begin working on a Ph.D. this fall at
City University of New York in New York City.
"For everything Winthrop has given me, I hope that I have given back
to the Winthrop community with my research and devotion,” Gentry said.
The college experience for Felicia Pope of Greenwood, S.C., consisted
of taking a full course load
and working 30 hours a week in marketing and sales for a local
skylight and roofing company. The senior received several
scholarships that helped pay for half her tuition and fees. However,
she worked to pay the remainder of her college costs. With tips
learned as a student assistant in Winthrop’s Career Services, Pope
secured a job. Two days after graduation, Pope joined Centex
Construction Company in Charlotte, N.C., as a marketing coordinator.
“Nothing is given to you. You have to work for it and pray. The big
misconception I find with some students is that they expect Winthrop
to find them a job. You have to be a self-starter and be motivated to
get what you want.”
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