"I'm a results-oriented person and a little type A," says Alissa Sheftic '10 with a smile. "I'm always thinking about what I can do to get an edge, and sometimes that means doing things you don't want to do like studying all night. But it's the outcomes that make it all worth it."
For Sheftic getting an edge has meant starting for the Catamount women's basketball team, carrying a 3.5 GPA in business, and having a post-graduation job lined up with General Electric's Financial Management Training Program. Some of the nation's top business leaders, including alumna Charlene Begley '88, a senior vice president at GE, have started their careers in the same program.
Sheftic, who is quick to define herself as a nerd, regularly puts in thirty hours a week of studying, following a routine that starts at 7:30 a.m. with a coffee from Starbucks and a Wall Street Journal. Full days of classes and hitting the books are capped by basketball practices that run to 8 p.m., a late dinner, and another few hours of study.
"There are times I get sleep deprived from traveling, practicing, and studying, and just feel like crying," admits Sheftic, who considers her family, including former basketball star Matt Sheftic '04, a captain in the U.S. Army serving a year-long tour in Iraq, critical to her success. "But I'd never wish away any of my experience at UVM. I've loved it here and won't have any regrets when I leave other than having had more time to meet more people."