Carrie Atkins '12
What year did you graduate from St. George’s?
I graduated from St. George’s in 2012.
Where did you attend college?
What did you study in college?
Where do you live and what is your profession?
I live in Memphis and am a real estate agent with Main Street Realtors. My mom and I are an agent team!
How did St. George’s prepare you for college, career, and life?
I think that the work ethic that was instilled at me in St. George's definitely prepared me to be able to handle the college workload. The teachers at St. George's were constantly challenging me to strive for my best, which in turn helped me to realize my potential. I played three sports at St. George's, as well as playing competitively, so trying to find time to fit in homework and studying was always interesting :) But, having to find that balance at that time in my life has helped me tenfold with balancing my real estate career and personal life.
What activities/sports/clubs, etc., were you involved while at St. George’s?
As mentioned above, I played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. I was also on the Honor Council and was a Senior Prefect.
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you and why?
I'm going to easily say Coach Whicker had the greatest impact on me at St. George's. Through team camps, grueling two-a-days in the Memphis summer heat (secretly praying the heat index would be too high for us to be outside), tournaments, etc., you end up spending a lot of time with your coach. The way that he was able to be one of the people I was closest to, yet also one of the people that practiced tough love and pushed me to reach my greatest potential is truly unmatched. We still keep in touch now and I'm incredibly grateful for that.
What is your favorite St. George’s memory?
Speaking of sports, I had a pretty big lacrosse injury and ended up having to wear a neck brace to prom. So while it's not necessarily the cutest thing to remember, it's definitely the funniest thing to think back on. I had to wear headgear for every game following the injury before headgear was cool in sports, and that is definitely NOT a favorite memory :)
What advice would you give to St. George’s students or young alumni today?
I would say take the time to connect to your teachers, they can truly end up being some of your biggest mentors for the rest of your life (shoutout Luther Mercer). My other piece of advice is to never go to Kroger on a Sunday. Far too crowded.