With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of 2015:
Name: Stephanie Boles
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Boles graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education on May 9.
Post-graduation plans: Boles accepted a position as a project coordinator at Hostway Corporation, a web hosting company, in Dallas, Texas. In her position in the channel sales department, Boles has helped launch a new-and-improved Reseller Partner Program working with acquisition efforts to on-board, grow, and develop relationships. Boles also assists with project management processes and teams with the company’s Marketing and Training for the overall success of the channel.
How HPU helped you get there: “The well-rounded liberal arts education that HPU encompasses provides the knowledge, skills and endless opportunities to ensure future success – especially for someone like me who pursued a career in an area completely different from my degree. The amazing opportunities that HPU provided outside of the classroom were insurmountable to my goals of being a leader in the business world. Being president of The Petal Points provided me with the ability to learn time management, organization, leadership skills and dedication, which are all extremely important in my position. The opportunities and faculty at HPU are truly what make the university extraordinary.“
Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Dr. Leslie Cavendish was one of the best professors I had the privilege of having. She has so much passion for educating future teachers to be the best they can be. But aside from that, she truly cares about her students. Dr. Cavendish invested in my future and helped me see the potential I have to be a global citizen and work in international environments.“
Most impactful moment at HPU: “My final performance with the Petal Points. Being on stage with a group of ladies who were like family to me, performing to a roomful of our biggest supporters (including Dr. Qubein) was extremely invigorating. It was also a testament to all the hard work we had put in all year long. Being part of this group, and leading this group, truly made me who I am today.“
Advice for underclassmen: “Utilize all the services HPU has to offer. There are so many people on campus who want to help you; don’t be afraid to ask. Get involved in as much as time allows and find your niche; become a leader of an organization and grow your skills outside of the classroom. Do your best to get as much experience with internships or job opportunities so you have the knowledge and skill set to pursue a career after graduation. But most importantly, make connections… finding a job is all about who you know.“