Alumni Relations

Jamie Holt

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Jamie Holt
Compliance Specialist, 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union

Jamie Holt (B.G.S., '13), a compliance specialist with Three Rivers Federal Credit Union, keeps busy in her time away from work. This mom to two adorable boys and self-proclaimed makeup junkie is not only an entrepreneur, but also volunteers, mentors, and serves as the treasurer of the Emerging Leaders Alliance. 

Q. Why did you choose IPFW?

A. I wanted to stay close to home, save money, and still get a quality education.

Q. Were you involved in any student organizations?

A. I was not. I was a homebody mostly in college. I wish I would have been involved in more as I know they would have been invaluable resources.

Q. Did a staff or faculty member act as a mentor for you during your education?

A. My children’s literature professor, Professor Madden.  He was one of the best professors I had in my time at IPFW. He was always concerned for his students and their well-being. I can remember when he came to one of my classroom internships. He pulled me out of the class after I was done with my lesson plan and told me he was worried for me. I couldn’t understand why as I was an A student. Looking at him quizzically I asked, “Why would you be worried about me?” He responded, “You shouldn’t sit on that stool while you teach. It looks very wobbly and I don’t want you to fall and hurt yourself.” I just chuckled and told him I wouldn’t sit on the stool again. I was blessed to have him as a professor and I wish more could have experienced his love for teaching and his students.

 

Q. What is your greatest memory of your time in school?

A. I would have to say once I got into my core education classes. We made so many memories. Our science class was probably all of our least favorites but we made the most of them. We traveled to different places in the area and we did learn a lot to help with future classrooms but we used the experience as more of a bonding time. We all still follow each other and try to keep up with each other as our families and classrooms grow.

 

Q. Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?

A. My greatest memory was actually from freshman year. The group of friends that I made in our core classes remained great friends throughout college. One memory stands out, we went to the mall for lunch one day and rode on the carousel as a group. We ended up on the one tea cup, all 8 of us, and spun to our hearts content. It was a great memory even though it made us all a bit nauseous for our communications class that afternoon. Actually, one of the girls from that group introduced me to my now husband and still remains a good friend.

    

Q. What career accolades have you received?

A. I have been the head of our corporate United Way campaigns for the past two years where we have received two awards for outstanding philanthropic corporation.

 

Q. Do you volunteer in the community?

A. I currently sit on a volunteer board, the Emerging Leaders Alliance, where I will begin my second term as board treasurer in 2018. We are a network of young professionals committed to developing a community of future leaders and creating opportunities for action, growth, and regional pride.

 

Q. What course(s) have you found to be most valuable in your professional life?

A. Each of my classes brought on a new life skill to have been learned. Whether it be public speaking, essay writing, math, or just people skills in general. Each class brought upon it’s own unique trait.

 

Q. How did you become interested in your field?

A. I went to college and pursued a degree in Elementary Education. Since the 2nd grade I knew that I wanted to help in growing young minds. I was in my senior year when I married my husband and we got pregnant right away. So plans changed a bit and I did not pursue my teaching career. I actually stumbled upon my current field while I was pregnant and fell in love with the financial world. I have been able to utilize my skills I gained from my degree to grow in my current role and hope in the future to use my skills to mold a new path for my role.

 

Q. What is the best career advice you were given?

A. Go after what you want. Too often people think that what they want will be handed to them but it is not that easy. If you want something, you must take the actions to get it. Nothing is ever handed to you on a silver platter. The hard work you put in will pay off.

 

Q. How has your education helped prepare you for your career?

A. I was able to fully grasp the concept of putting in the hard work and seeing it payoff. I worked hard to turn in quality work for my classes and walked away with an A average and had multiple job offers prior to completing my course work. I have not gone in the direction that I originally intended but I have the strong background in understanding how to teach others and use this daily in my role to educate those in my corporation.

 

Q. What motto or quote do you live by?

A. Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of yours.

 

Q. What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW or a current student?

A. Get involved. Make new friends. Do things outside of your comfort zone. You will meet incredible people and you will have memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Q. If you could describe your experience at IPFW in 3 words, what would they be?

A. Hometown feel, Big City education (Ok so that was 5 words… oops!)

  

Q. If you could go back and change one thing from your college experience, what would it be?

A. I would get more involved in student organizations. I know that the experience and the friendships would be invaluable and would be experiences that would last a lifetime.

 

Q. Where would you like to be in 10 years?

A. I would like to be running my own business from the comfort of my couch.

 

Q. How would you want your fellow alumni and community members to remember you?

A. A great friend and confidant who is also passionate and driven in her work.

 

Q. What are your hopes for our future?

A. I hope that IPFW can continue to grow and provide a strong education for those all around. I hope to see IPFW as a college that people would have at the top of their list for a good quality education and experience from all across the globe. I feel that IPFW can be a large contributor in bringing new and exciting talent to our area to further develop our communities and make our region a driving force in the nation.