|Year of Entry: 2004
||Age at Entry: 15
||Hometown: Colonial Heights, Virginia
I entered the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin College in 2004 after completing the ninth grade. High school was fun, but I needed more of an academic challenge. PEG gave me the opportunity to have that increased intellectual stimulation in a controlled environment. I was given the opportunity to play soccer and be a captain, work closely with the MBC leaders as the Judicial Board Chairwoman for two years, and be on the Executive Committee for two years. I currently hold an alumnae class leadership position for the Class of 2008. PEG and MBC gave me the courage, enhanced my drive, and honed my leadership skills to advance in my career and my education. My time at Peg and MBC was invaluable, and I met many new people developing lifelong friendships along the way. Mary Baldwin truly is a community for females to work hard and play hard. The Mary Baldwin sisterhood is so strong, that people have seen my Mary Baldwin license plates and come and shared their story with me in parking lots outside of the state of Virginia. Since Mary Baldwin, I have moved on to complete my MBA and am currently pursuing my DBA. I currently work for the Army Corps of Engineers and have had many opportunities to travel and use my knowledge from MBC. The best advice for an incoming or current PEG I have is work hard and play hard. Rewarding hard work with having fun is a very important part of balancing life, especially when in school.