20 Questions with Olivia Orrender ’13

THE LIVES YOU CHANGE

In our student profile series, we meet the students who benefit directly from the generosity of our donors. Think of these profiles as a report card illustrating the possibilities and opportunities that your gifts make possible. The students profiled are always outstanding – but at Centre, outstanding is the norm and not the exception.

1. What is your class year and major?

Junior, Financial Economics & English double major.

2. Describe where you’re from in one sentence.

I was born and raised in the heart of the Bluegrass-Lexington, Kentucky.

3. Why Centre?

Why not? I waited until the May 1st deadline came around. I hadn’t even visited campus officially before I chose Centre but am so glad I did. I applied quite a few places and had it narrowed down to three when I was talking to someone I really respect, one of my heroes, and he thought Centre would be a good fit. That is just one of the many little things along the way that led me here.

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4. Where is your favorite place on Centre’s campus?

One of the study corners upstairs in the new addition to Young Hall.

5. Did you study abroad? If so, describe your experience.

Not technically, but I just got back from a CentreTerm course in Hawaii. It was brilliant and life-changing. Ask me about it!

6. Favorite book (or author)?

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

7. What is the single most valuable lesson you have learned so far at Centre?

Sometimes even you don’t know how high your own potential is.

8. All-time favorite movie and why?

The Holiday. It is just one of the movies that never get old for me. I can’t watch it enough and have some great memories attached to it.

9. Best class you’ve taken at Centre so far?

Hands down, English 346: Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald, with Dr. Reigelman.

10. Dream career after graduation?

CFO of a non-profit.

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11. Person – fictional, living or deceased – who you would most like to be for a day?

Jackie O Kennedy.

12. What do you most hope to find being served when you eat in Cowan?

Chicken. Any kind of chicken.

13. Place in the world you would most like to visit?

The French Quarter of New Orleans. Singapore is a close second.

14. Which member of Centre’s faculty has had the biggest impact on your Centre Experience?

It’s a tie. Phil White and Bruce Johnson.

15. What is your most prized possession?

Maybe my Blackberry, sadly enough.

“As a Phonathon caller, being able to speak to some of [alumni] personally is very rewarding. Yes, I do benefit from them financially, but their generosity and loyalty to the college is evidence of how special of a place Centre is and a continuous reminder of how blessed I am to be a part of it.”

16. What one thing about Centre would you never change?

The Centre Commitment.

17. As you know, thousands of donors make gifts to Centre every year. How do you feel you have benefitted from their generosity?

As a Phonathon caller, being able to speak to some of them personally is very rewarding. Yes, I do benefit from them financially, but their generosity and loyalty to the college is evidence of how special of a place Centre is and a continuous reminder of how blessed I am to be a part of it.

Olivia with friends on campus in the fall.

Olivia with friends on campus in the fall.

18. What are you involved in on campus?

I am one of the house managers at the Norton Center this season and I absolutely love that. I am also a Phonathon caller. I am an Economics Society officer and a Center Christian Fellowship member. I am also involved with Centre’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and C.A.R.E. I rarely miss one of Ms. Marlene’s Pilates classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays too. They’re my favorite.

19. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Studying towards an MBA.

20. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. At my kindergarten graduation, when everyone takes a turn saying what they are going to be when they grow up, I said a teacher, and it was a long while after that before my mind was changed.

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