Corps Grad ’01
While at The Citadel, I was on the regimental staff as a cadet activities officer, and graduated with a degree in English. Fifteen years later and I am now an award-winning eCommerce executive for Mohawk, the world's largest flooring manufacturer; a keynote speaker; and a patent holder for intellectual property. But, my crowning achievement in life has been becoming a mother; it is by far the most important blessing and greatest calling (my daughter is six years old). Her activities keep us hopping and our home is full of joy and life.
What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
I am very blessed to have many supportive friends and loved ones!! One of the very first care packages arrived shortly after Hell Week; it came in the form of a large envelope filled with individual envelopes from various members of my childhood church and small hometown community. My grandmother, Mattie Jean Ayers, rallied and coordinated the effort. The cards featured well wishes and prayers, which warmed my heart and provided a support network during this challenging time. My grandmother's card was particularly fun—it featured a pink tutu from the waist down and instead of ballet slippers, there were black combat boots for shoes. That image made me smile and helped me remember to find joy in the moment! The power of an encouraging word, thought or prayer in a young person’s life should never be underestimated!
Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
Male or female, The Citadel is a challenging, unique place. The Citadel experience unifies its graduates through exposure to professional and life skills that include individualized attention from award-winning academic departments with tenured professors, team-building exercises, stress management skills, leadership/people management experience, and administrative expertise.
If I could speak directly to young women considering The Citadel, I would say do not be afraid or shy away from fear. Embrace change, challenge yourself often, remember to have a heart of gratitude for the opportunities you've been given, celebrate your successes and encourage other women to do the same!
I'd like to share my favorite quote (which seems relevant here): “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” –Eleanor Roosevelt