Karen Peterson, 2014
- Recruiter/Admissions Advisor
- DSC employee since October 2008
Degrees and schools where awarded: Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Career/Professional honors: Too many to list and I’ll keep myself modest here. Come see my wall.
Outside interests: Weightlifting, yoga, water sports, endurance, roller skating outdoors and playing roller derby, meditation, worship, eating clean, cooking, camping, fishing, animal welfare, reading, anything related to Captain America and Marvel comics, speaking and writing on growth and performance, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) advocacy, reaching our potential and inspiring people.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? Worked in airline operations, restaurant/catering, writing and legal work
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am constantly working on developing best practices and sharing with our division and the college as a whole.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Seeing our students reach their potential! Their success stories inspire me to do more with my life, personally and professionally. We have some remarkable students, and seeing especially the ones with the biggest challenges flourish into graduates and professionals has been immensely rewarding!
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Leave a positive imprint in every environment I work in and every person I interact with to aspire to excellence in their work and lives.
In life? To help people see their unique, magnificent beauty, and allow themselves to let their light shine! Once people stop seeing others as competition and realize we’re all in this together, we can do some truly remarkable things!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Choose your battles, and don’t burn bridges.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I used to be over twice the physical size that I am now (I did not get shorter; I lost over half my body weight and dropped nearly 20 sizes).
Last book read:Blessed to Be a Blessing by Kenneth Copeland
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? “Open carefully, contents under pressure.”
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai
The Daytona State of Mind to me means finding opportunity in both good times and bad, and creating prosperity and sharing with others.