When Erin wrote her essay for the Crosby and Rotary of Mocksville Scholarships in 2011, she laid out detailed plans of becoming a doctor. She attended Boston University and studied Biology and Pre-Medicine but graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology.
Following graduation, she worked in clinical healthcare for Massachusetts General Hospital and in client services at a healthcare technology company. Erin then pursued her Master of Business Administration from Boston College (BC).
Following graduation from BC, she accepted her current role in corporate finance at Fidelity Investments and currently resides in Boston.
Erin elaborated more on her change of heart regarding her journey, “While I was attending BU, I survived challenging biology and chemistry classes, pulling the occasional all-nighter studying for exams. This was all in pursuit of the ultimate goal I initially set while attending Davie County High School.
“After I graduated from BU, a few things happened in my personal life that challenged me in ways I never could have anticipated. Suddenly, medicine was no longer my passion. I took some time, went back to school, and found other career interests.
“I never could have anticipated how happy I would be taking a completely different path than the one I had planned for and worked towards. I learned a lot about myself during this process, but the biggest thing I learned is sometimes plans can change and there’s no shame in following where the new ones take you.”
I asked Erin what advice she could give to rising seniors or incoming freshman, she replied, “There are many career paths available to you. Make sure you explore any and everything you find remotely interesting. Keep an open mind. Utilize friends, classmates, teachers, professors, neighbors, etc. to help you determine what may be interesting. Keep in mind that you can always pivot to something different in the future. Be your whole and true self.”
Erin, congratulations on following your dreams and passions. We are excited to see where your future takes you!