Jessica Biddle: Sullivan Lexington Alum of the MonthJessica Biddle was selected as Alumna of the Month from Sullivan University's Lexington campus. She said, "I feel so honored to receive this award! From the day I started Sullivan in 2003, to where I am now, it's a nice feeling that someone wants to recognize all of the hard work I have put into my profession."
Jessica studied Business and Accounting at Sullivan and completed her Associates in 2005, her Bachelors in Business Administration- Management in 2009, and is now working towards her Masters degree. "When I first started at Sullivan, I knew that I enjoyed balancing my check book a little too much so I thought the accounting field seemed like the perfect choice. Before completing my bachelors degree, I felt that by possibly limiting my degree to only accounting would limit my choices in a job, so I changed to Business Management," said Jessica. "At Sullivan, I enjoyed the small class sizes and building the relationships with my professors. I didn't feel like a body in a seat, but actually as though my instructors wanted me to understand the material and succeed. I had the best accounting professors! If it weren't for Mr. Gatewood, I'm not sure I would love accounting as much as I do."
Jessica indicated that Sullivan helped prepare her for her career goals. "Sullivan gave me the knowledge I needed to show potential employers that I knew my field even though I didn't have any experience. Having the right attitude and determination to set goals for myself also helped me to get where I am today. If it weren't for my degrees, I would not have the amazing job that I have today," she said.
Jessica is employed with BC Wood Properties, LLC in Lexington, KY. She is the property account manager, and manages the tenant accounts and bills of not only the corporate entity but also 17 properties. Jessica said, "Additionally, I own and operate my own photography business, specializing in High School Seniors and model portfolios. With the management knowledge from my studies at Sullivan, I not only run a successful business of my own, but also help develop ideas and strategies to make BC Wood Properties more efficient and cost saving."
While recently accepted into the MBA program at Sullivan, Jessica plans to finish within the next 2 years and take the CPA exam. "With hard work and dedication, I plan on staying with my company and moving up within the organization. I look forward to the opportunities this new degree will give me!"
Jessica's advice to students is: "Make sure you choose a profession that you are passionate about. You spend more time at your day job than you probably do at home with your family, and if you don't like the work that you do, you will never be truly happy. Sullivan will give you the fundamentals and education to achieve great things, but You have to be the one to do the hard work. Set goals for yourself and do things daily to work toward those goals! It will take time, but you will get there."
Read about past alumni of the month