Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Alumni Profile: John Vandever

As a part of the first graduating class from Marymount College in 2012, John Vandever says, “At first I felt that being part of a first graduating class would be nothing special. However, considering how fast Marymount is moving and growing, I know that one day I will proudly be able to say that I was at the beginning of something special.” John recognizes that being the first class is not always easy, mentioning that there were uncertain times as the program took shape, but “the end result was a well-rounded experience.”
Vandever believes that the faculty at Marymount is directly credited with the success the programs have received, and help the students to reach whatever potential they desire. One of the most influential members of the Marymount community during John’s experience was Professor Rex Draman. “His open ended style of lecture, although sometimes frustrating, prepared me for what lies after graduation.”
Currently, John works as a loan officer at Prospect Mortgage, receiving the position one month after graduation and finished first in his training class amongst co-workers from many of the top Southern California universities. “The open ended nature and complexity of the capstone project”, Vandever says, “taught me how to survive in the complicated world of loans.” Because of the abundance learned in his short two years at Marymount and the capstone process, John shares lots of advice with the students at Marymount. “To the seniors or future seniors contemplating their Capstone projects: bite off more than you can chew, pick something outside your comfort zone, and try to make your project relate to your preferred job field. Even if you fall short of your high goals, you will have a heck of a story to tell the person interviewing you. You would be surprised how quickly they pass over the school you attended and GPA. Your experiences and ability to communicate the way you solve problems will leave you ahead of the competition.”
John is excited to hear about the growth and change Marymount has experienced in his short time away. “I am surprised by how quickly Marymount is growing. I know with this quick pace that Marymount will continue to move in the positive direction that the faculty and staff have been pushing towards.”

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