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Alumni Spotlight December 2016

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Carrie Holt '01

Carrie Holt '01

BA - Political Science & Minor in Spanish Fulton School

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Political Science

MINOR: Spanish

CURRENT EMPLOYER: US Securities & Exchange Commission

CURRENT OCCUPATION: IT Specialist - Litigation Support

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
I attempted grad school but realized that wasn't a fit for me. I came home and starting working for a government contractor at the SEC as a paralegal. I liked the work and the people. I was assigned the Enron case. It was very exciting for a 23 year old. My work ethic and productivity was recognized. Within three years, when a government position opened, I was hired permanently. I started as a grade 7 and worked my way up to a 13. I received a promotion to a 14 in 2011 and became the branch chief of my group in 2014. I've been with the SEC for 12 years and love what I do and the people that I work for.

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
'Be there' - At Salisbury, I found that if you attended classes and took a real interest in your school work and teachers, you would succeed. You just need to go! I hardly ever missed class. I've extended that into my career. I rarely take sick or vacation days and I make a point to take an avid interest in my work and my people.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
While at Salisbury I was involved in SGA and Women's Rugby. As the captain of the Women's Rugby team, I learned a great deal about leadership and working with many different personalities with competing goals. It also taught me a lot about time management. Working, playing sports and attending classes takes a lot of organization and the ability to multi-task, which are qualities that have helped me in my career.

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
I have many fond memories of Salisbury and the majority include my roommates and all of my rugby teammates.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I chose Salisbury because it was affordable for my family, provided the major that I was interested in and was close enough to 'home' but far enough away that I felt like I was 'going away to school'.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Looking Forward - while I was there, the staff was always talking about new things in their field and really ahead of the field.

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Each summer my family takes a 'Friend'cation to Emerald Isle, NC. We rent condos or a house and spend the days on the beach and the nights at the pool and watching movies. It's nice to spend that quality time with them.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
My career and my family (both which I love).

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I'm certified to scuba dive.

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS:
CrossFit and Running

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