For some, the decision on what to do in the future may be a difficult one to arrive at; for others it is something they decide upon quite early and do not waver from once their decision is made.
Knowing what she will do in the next stage of her life is something Hughesville senior Ali Chamberlin has already decided and only a few weeks after her high school graduation has already begun.
“I’m going to attend the University of Missouri- Columbia this fall and I’ll be pursuing a double major in textile and apparel management and business,” Chamberlin said by phone. “I want to be a buyer for a retail business.
“Fashion has always been one of my passions and I’ve never really considered doing anything else with my life,” she added. “I’ve had some retail experience and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
Chamberlin worked at Kay’s Bridal and Tuxedo as a prom consultant for two years and had one year of experience working at the Buckle before she left that position to accept a job at MU.
“I recently began a job at MU working in their admissions office two days a week,” Chamberlin said. “I greet prospective students and help them get ready for their day when they come to the University to find out about the college or to enroll.
“I am one of the first faces they see when they arrive at the campus so I try to be really positive and cheerful,” she added. “I want them to have a good experience when they come to the campus.”
It was a similar positive experience that helped Chamberlin to decide upon MU for her post-secondary education.
“Even though I have only been there a short time I really love the campus at MU,” Chamberlin said. “I’m excited to see what it has to offer.
“Accepting the position there for the summer is something that got me out of my comfort zone and it allowed me to try something different,” she added. “It really is starting to feel like home so I am looking forward to classes in the fall.”
Chamberlin said she couldn’t think of any regrets she has from her four years in high school.
“I think I worked really hard in school and tried to be active in as many things as I could,” Chamberlin commented. “I will transfer in 35 credit hours when I start at MU and that will really help a lot with my double major.
“I was involved in every club while I was in school and I hope to continue that at MU,” she added.
Chamberlin was the president of National Honor Society and Student Council during her senior year and said those and other organizations she participated in helped her develop her leadership skills, responsibility and time management.
“I think I’m a planner and I like to do things to get other people involved and participate,” Chamberlin said. “”I was responsible for planning the homecoming festivities at school and I think everyone had a blast.
“Our theme was ‘Let the Games Begin’ and we based it around the Olympics,” she added. “We had a parking lot party with a barbecue and floats and each class picked a game for others to participate in during the evening. It really was a week-long event.”
Chamberlin was also proud of a Student Council group project where the members helped to rebuild the bleachers at the football field at the high school last summer.
“Last year for our FFA project some of my friends and I raised and sold light pink pumpkins (gourds) to help support the fight against breast cancer,” Chamberlin added. “It was something different and we raised $500 to help.”
Trying something different is very important for Chamberlin.
“I’m waiting to see where I wind up in the future with my work,” Chamberlin said. “I want to move around and see what opportunities are out there.
“Life goes by fast and people need to take the time to enjoy it and spend time with others,” she added. “People may not realize it but you really can learn a lot from each other.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484