We both graduated from St. George's in 2008.
We both went to Ole Miss.
We now live in Memphis, TN.
Eric is currently working for KPMG as an Audit Associate. Ashley is working for Raymond James as a Finacial Advisor.
Neither of us had any idea what we wanted to do when we graduated. We are still a bit surprised at where we work today.
After quickly learning that pre-med/dental wasn't for him, Eric took the advice from his fraternity house advisor (a former Dean of the accounting school) and tried accounting. It ended up being a much better fit. After working for a commodity trading firm for a year and a half, Ashley decided she could use her experience to help clients reach their financial goals in a different type of trading environment better suited to her interests.
Everyone knows of St. George's stellar track record of academic achievement. It certainly helped us throughout our college courses, but what we really took with us from St. George's were the values and life lessons learned.
ERIC: My favorite memory has to be the 2007 football season, in particular the state championship game in Murfreeseboro. It served as closure for us to everything we had been through in varsity sports for the previous six years. Going undefeated was the perfect ending. I had a pretty great fan in the stadium who ended up being a pretty great wife.
ASHLEY: In my senior year I was significantly injured during my final swim season. I had knees that barely allowed me to walk, let alone swim, and a calf that experienced a tear while swimming against doctors orders. On my last attempt to make the state championship time cut off, my entire team along with the marjority of the Collierville High School team cheered for me at both ends of the pool while I (somehow) made the qualifying time.
But really our favorite St. George's memory is meeting each other!
St. George's is a place that values friendship, family, long-lasting relationships, and love. Love is the one that really jumps out. People sincerely care about others and their futures. It's a selfless environment that is a privilege to be a part of. Speaking of love, St. George's is also quite the matchmaker. Eric Alan and Ashley, Blake Deaton and Emily Thompson, Daniel Allen and Sara Swaney, Wil Slatery and Morgan Payne, Trey Lasley and Natalie Poole, Hunter Cowan and Miller Crenshaw...The list goes on.
We would say we miss our friends the most, but the truth is we can't get rid of them. St. George's builds relationships that last forever, which is something we are grateful for. We wish we could see all of our friends more often, but knowing we can call them any time is comforting. We also miss Miss Sue's lunches, toasted ravioli and M&M cookies for Ashley, specifically.
St. George's Facebook, Twitter, and old friends and coaches.
ASHLEY: Mrs. Toney and Mrs. Culley. With Mrs. Toney, I loved creating and acting out our own play for a semester project. She always challenged us, and we always did better than we thought we ever could. With Mrs. Culley, I loved her infectious attitude and how she was so happy all the time. I wanted to be just like her!
ERIC: Mrs. Martin is always the first to come to mind. She had a passion for teaching and always brought joy to everyone. She made everything fun!
Don't worry about not knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life. Enjoy the present. Everyone tells you time flies by for a reason. Take a moment and just enjoy what's going on around you and try not to look forward so often.
When you decide to be a part of St. George's, know that you are deciding to be a part of a family. This family cares about who you are and your future.
Continue to diversify. What sets St. George's apart is being willing to accept all different types of races, religions, andbackgrounds.