MCHS grad divides energies between work and education
February 29, 2012
At a glance …
Name: Dorina Fredrickson
— 2009 Moffat County High School graduate
— Receptionist at Country Living Realty
— Full-time student at Colorado Northwestern Community College pursuing an associate’s degree in liberal arts
“I don’t know how, but she seems to be able to fit in work and school and play and make it all jive, probably better than most of us could.”
— Yvonne Gustin, owner of Country Living Realty in Craig, about her sister and employee, Dorina Fredrickson
A smartphone, complete with a digital calendar, isn't an indulgence to Dorina Fredrickson.
It's a necessity, considering Fredrickson is trying to fit two major time commitments into her schedule.
The 20-year-old Craig resident is a full-time student at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus. She also works full-time as a receptionist at Country Living Realty.
Any time she gets in between is partly devoted to preparing for her real estate license.
It's not surprising, then, that Fredrickson relies on her cell phone to help keep on track.
"The smartphone is definitely an advantage," she said.
How Fredrickson manages to juggle such a full load is still something of a mystery to her sister and employer, Yvonne Gustin.
"She seems to fit it all in," said, Gustin, who owns Country Living Realty. "I don't know how, but she seems to be able to fit in work and school and play and make it all jive, probably better than most of us could."
Fredrickson doesn't seem to mind having a full plate.
"I just kind of go with the flow," she said. " … You get in a routine, and once you get into that routine, it's pretty easy to follow."
It helps that Fredrickson, a 2009 Moffat County High School graduate, is familiar with her workplace.
She began her tenure at Country Living Realty when she was 14 and later became a full-fledged employee.
The work suits her.
"I just like interacting with people and helping them out," she said.
Gustin, 37, believes her younger sister has a knack for the job.
"She's very outgoing, (and) very positive and upbeat," she said. "…She goes out of her way to assist … our clients."
When Fredrickson is not at work, she can often be found at CNCC's Craig campus, where she takes day and evening classes to earn an associate's degree in liberal arts.
Fredrickson hopes to graduate from the college in May 2013 then transfer to either Colorado Mesa University or Metropolitan State College of Denver to finish her bachelor's degree.
Her ultimate goal is to work in elementary education, she said, but she hasn't ruled out the possibility she might follow another direction.
As with any full schedule or full life, something could always change.
"You never know what can change from now until then," she said.
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