2017 Winter Vision Extra - Millennials Share Thoughts on Life

Kate Athmer ‘05

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years.  
Philadelphia, PA. I head Demand and Marketing Operations for a Software Company full-time, and co-founded GreenLit Consulting to do private career consulting on the side.
Over the next two years I plan to expand my consulting business and find more opportunities to speak to millennials and college students about how to be successful in the corporate framework. I recently published a full-length book, Millennial Reboot, to kick off this effort. It is available on Amazon.

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
One thing I valued about my CJ education was the diverse people I worked alongside every day. Getting to know people with different backgrounds, experiences, and values – and learning to work together even despite different opinions - has made me a more inclusive and productive adult.

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
Uber! (If you don’t have it already, use code uberkate when you signup to get a free ride.)
But assuming most people already know about Uber, here are two bonus ones:
Kindle Paperwhite
The Skimm

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
How to invest – 401k, stock market, or even other companies. High-interest savings accounts are a thing of the past, so knowing how to invest is critical to growing your wealth.

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
My parents did an amazing job and taught me a LOT of important things. How to stay cool and problem solve under pressure is definitely a big one.

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
I’m currently reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. Highly recommend it.

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
A glass of wine and watching the sunset – ideally outside when weather permits. If I just need a quick mid-day refocus, a 10 minute walk or yoga sequence usually works.

Molly Shanks ‘08

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years.   
I recently moved to LA from Chicago, where I produced a food/entertainment show called "Chicago's Best." I am currently a freelance television producer and hope to one day run my own show.

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
Miss Ruffolo helped me make the most of my time at CJ. As the student council moderator, she was a key figure in making CJ the amazing school it is, organizing spirit weeks, dances, and doing so much behind the scenes to help foster a sense of community. She wasn't just an excellent teacher, but a true mentor in every sense of the word. 

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
I recently downloaded Headspace, a free app that offers guided meditation. I am so attached to my phone and this app turns it into a stress-busting tool I can use anywhere.

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
I wish I became fluent in another language before graduating college. It is such a gift and asset to have the ability to communicate with people from other cultures and areas of the world.

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
My mom taught me the importance of having a strong work ethic by continually demonstrating it herself. Because of her, I know I am capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to - whether waitressing tables in college or producing an award-winning television show in Chicago. If you put the effort in, you'll see the rewards!

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
I am a book fanatic. One of my all-time favorites is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I recently finished Bossypants by Tina Fey. I absolutely adore funny, successful women (see answer above) and she is the definition!

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
I love yoga as a way to focus in the morning or unwind at night.  I also really enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. The meals aren't always a home run but it's so fun experimenting. Somehow, I always end up circling back to food.

Christian Myton ‘09 

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years. 
I’m currently living in Cincinnati and working at Ohio National Financial Services as a Product Specialist. I am now working toward earning my Series 6 Securities License and/or pursuing to further my career in Human Resources. I am also most recently engaged to my incredibly amazing fiancée, Rachel. She is an Occupational Therapist. Lastly, I am playing soccer semi-professionally for the Dayton Dynamo Football Club, whose home field, starting in May, will be CJ’s very own Roger Glass Stadium!

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
The class of 2009 was an awesome graduating class! All of my classmates were amazing people. As far as teachers, Mr. Mominee, Mr.Pierce, Mr. Colvin, Mrs. O’Loughlin, Mr. Ricciuto, Mr. Stachler, and Mr. Fuchs were all awesome and influential teachers during my time at CJ. Some of the most memorable moments were interacting with and gaining knowledge from these people.

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
If you haven’t heard of Uber by now, you are most definitely and probably literally lost.

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
I wish I would have learned how to self-manage a portfolio or make strategic investments in domestic and foreign markets.

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
One of the most valuable things I have learned from my parents is that life is full of ups and downs, but you can always find an equilibrium amongst the chaos. Most things are not as good or as bad as they seem in the moment so find a way to keep moving forward in your life.

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
I don’t typically read novels, but I do occasionally read some pretty amazing and highly factual articles on Facebook.

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
The way I unwind and refocus is through spending time with Jesus and worshiping God. Also, soccer is definitely my mental and emotional therapy.

John Razauskas ‘11 

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years. 
I earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from UD.   I live in Dayton (Oregon District), and I work at The Dannon Company in Minster, OH as a Project Engineer.  I hope to get an MBA in a couple years and grow into a position with more responsibilities at Dannon.  A personal goal is to scuba dive below 150 feet.  My current lowest depth is 100 feet.

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
Loved Chemistry lab, and Ms. Meyers' math classes - helped me understand that I wanted to be an engineer. Going to Europe with Mr. Ricciuto for AP European History made me realize I want to travel and see and learn as much as possible.

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
AI or Deep Learning Technology (Amazon's Alexa, Siri, Google Home...) this technology can help daily life immensely and it's being integrated into more and more of the things we use, including self driving cars.

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
I wish I learned how to budget better with the money that I make.

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
Delayed gratification - earning something is much more important and feels much better than being given something.

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
I read recently that the world literacy rate is over 85% for the first time in history.

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
I like to be outdoors - hiking, fishing, skiing, driving my Jeep (or just not be at work).

Cin’Quan Haney ‘13 

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years.
I'm currently a student-athlete(football) in my senior year at The Ohio State University studying Physics and Engineering.  Within the next two years I hope to be developing new technology for a big company using the knowledge and engineering skills that I've obtained throughout my time at CJ and OSU.

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
CJ played a huge role in my life.  I got a chance to experience diversity with students being from different cultures.  I also developed some leadership skills through the retreats we went on each year.  The faculty at CJ actually cared about the students.  I was a shy student when I first got to CJ and was intimidated by the challenges I felt that high school was going to bring.  Before high school I never had to go to a teacher for help on an assignment or when trying to understand a topic.  I always felt that if I did those things then I would feel less smart than the other students but Mrs. Hammerly helped me realize that it's okay if I didn't know something and to just ask for help because it showed that I cared about my education.  Once I realized that then I asked questions every chance I got in every class I had.  I was no longer ashamed to raise my hand and ask for help and that led to me finishing my freshman year with all A's.  Playing basketball for Coach Staley taught me some life lessons as well.  One thing I learned is that we can't always rely on natural ability alone to carry us in life.  We actually have to put in some time and work to develop our craft rather if its in sports or in the corporate world.  Mrs. Wheeler was also a huge part of my high school career with her being my guidance counselor. She always kept me up to date on college applications, SAT and ACT tests, and waivers for tests and applications. She saved me a lot of money when it came to finding waivers because I applied to a lot of schools.  I also learned that grades aren't everything but they mean a lot.  I found out that it is important to be versatile outside of the classroom so I always made sure I was involved with something like service, sports, National Honor Society and things like that.  The best thing someone told me in high school was, "You're not that good." from Coach Ricciuto. I just thought I was the best thing to ever happen to basketball and he shut that down quick.  It humbled me and made me a better person in all aspects of life because now I just always think of ways to get better at everything I do so that I can't be surpassed by anyone.  I can talk about my experience at CJ for days and the relationships I've built with teachers.  I'm proud to be a graduate from CJ and would encourage every kid in the Dayton area to attend this high school because you won't only get a great education but you will be prepared for life after high school.

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
I think that everyone should know about the Nintendo 64 because it is the best game system ever created and I still play MarioKart and SmashBros everyday.

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
Before graduating high school, there was nothing I wish I had learned but I am glad that I was given the necessary tools to be successful such as teachers that care and great guidance counselors.   

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
The most valuable thing I learned from my mother is cleanliness.  She always made sure our home was clean and growing up seeing that made me be the same way with my apartment now.

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
I don't really read much but when I do, I read about optics and quantum physics to increase my knowledge in those areas for graduate school.

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
When I need to refocus on something I just eat a snack.  I always take a chocolate muffin or a cookie with me to my classes to eat halfway through.  It helps me regain focus.

Mikela Hadaway ‘13 

1.  Tell us where you are living and what you're doing/studying and perhaps your goals for the next 1-2 years. 
I am currently a senior at Wingate University outside Charlotte, NC where I am the captain of the Wingate Women’s Golf Team. I will graduate in May 2017 with University Honors and a BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I will be attending the University of Dayton’s Physician Assistant Masters Program starting in August 2017. 

2.  A tidbit from CJ that perhaps led you to where you are - a teacher, a class, a classmate, a mission trip, etc.  If no direct link, something you really valued about your CJ education.
I had a great high school experience at CJ. I really enjoyed being a part of the athletic program through the golf team and knew that I wanted to continue playing on a collegiate level. While I was only able to take one class in the STEMM program, CJ also helped solidify my passion to pursue a career in the health sciences.

3. What is one resource or piece of technology you think everyone should know about?
I have had the privilege of making a lot of international friends at Wingate and learned about WhatsApp to keep in touch when we are an ocean apart. This app utilizes wifi or data to keep people in touch, even if their phone number changes when they are in a different country. This is one of my favorite ways to stay connected with my teammates when they are back home, or my family when I am abroad.

4. What's one thing you wish you learned before graduating college (or high school)?
Prior to graduating from CJ, I wish that I had fully realized the major shift that my life was going to take when I chose to go to school nine hours from Dayton. It took a little bit of time to adjust, but I so happy I embraced the change.

5.  What's one of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
I am so blessed with the family that I have. While my parents have taught me numerous valuable lessons, there is one that always returns to me. Our family motto is, “good effort; good attitude; good judgment.”

6.  Have you read anything inspiring lately?
Just the other day, I read this quote on the wall at Bobby’s Burger Palace: “We are not defined by the promises we make, but by the promises we keep.”

7.  Describe your favorite way to unwind/refocus.
One of my favorite ways to shake off the little stressors of the day is by participating in a mixed martial arts fitness class called Body Combat.