Asking Alex

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Name: Alexandra Baxter Lowe

Graduation Year: 2016

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Major: public relations, minor in German

Activities: concerts, listening to music, photography, running, writing, traveling, “I’m a vegetarian”

HC: Compare your freshman self to senior self.

Alex: I’m a lot more laid-back now. I definitely feel more confident and independent. I feel like when I was a freshman, I just cared too much about what other people thought. It’s funny what’s changed. Freshman year I checked my reflection before every class. Now I’m very low maintenance. I’m not afraid to drive anymore. I had a fear of driving, so I didn’t have a car on campus until sophomore year. Even then, my friends drove me around because I was too afraid to drive. It really wasn’t until junior year that I got over my fear.

HC: How do you feel about graduating?

Alex: I feel indecisive. I’m scared, but I’m really curious as to where my path is going to lead me when I leave Berry.

HC: What are you doing after you leave the bubble?

Alex: During the summer, I want to travel and see my friends, but I’ll be based in Chattanooga. I got an internship with Uproar, an event location app. They’ve offered me a position as social media strategist and content marketing coordinator. I’ll be blogging for them, and that’s what I love. I’ll be managing social media and building community. I’m hopefully moving to Atlanta in August. While I’m there, I’ll be saving money and working lowkey so that I can get a PR job, eventually.

HC: What advice would you give to seniors that don’t plan on being employed straight out of college?

Alex: Just enjoy the freedom that comes with being graduated. Enjoy being able to go places by yourself. Travelling is so huge for me. Take some of your graduation money and spend it on a plane ticket because once you get settled in a job, you won’t have that time to explore. Don’t let yourself get stressed out about it. If you need to wait tables for a while or work retail, so be it. At least you have time to focus on yourself. You won’t be distracted by schoolwork anymore. Value experiences and relationships. As long as I continue to have those things, I will feel very blessed in life.

HC: Just for fun, what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Alex: When I was studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, I went to a music festival called Longitude. I saw most of my favorite bands all in the same weekend: The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hozier, HAIM, CHVRCHES, Sam Smith, and Bastille.