Monday morning chat: Dorina Fredrickson
5 minutes with Dorina Fredrickson, 20, receptionist at Country Living Realty
Where is your hometown? “I was born in the Steamboat hospital, but my family lived here so I was raised here.”
What’s kept you in Craig? “I went to school in Denver for a little bit, and then I came back to go to school at (Colorado Northwestern Community College) because it’s cheaper. And, I get to be with my family, and I like working here a lot.”
Motto or outlook on life? “Each day is a new day. You can always start over.”
Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “I really like a lot of meals here, but I’d say the Philly steak sandwich from Gino’s.”
Favorite part of your job? “When people come in here, obviously they’re buying a house, and my favorite part is when they get to leave knowing they’ve got The American Dream.”
Proudest accomplishment? “I’ve done a lot of good deeds, so I think I have a lot of good karma coming my way. I just try to help out people a lot. And, I just have one year left in school before I get my degree.”
What are you studying? “Elementary education. I want to be a kindergarten teacher. After I get my associate’s degree, I’ll probably transfer to get my bachelor’s from (Colorado) Mesa (University). My perfect school experience when I’m teaching would be to not have so many rules and regulations about things you can and can’t teach in school and for all the kids to play together and have fun (and) not have to worry about any political stuff in the classroom.”
If money were no object, where would you matriculate? “Mesa is great because it’s in the area and near my family, but if I didn’t have to worry about tuition at all, what I’d really like to do is study to be a lawyer at Stanford or Yale or someplace like that. I’ve just always thought being a lawyer would be an exciting job and really interesting and it takes a lot of work.”
Perfect vacation spot? “Somewhere with a lot of history like Italy or Greece. Somewhere completely off the map where you can go and find some cool stuff there.”
If you had your pick of any famous person, living or dead, who would you date? “Ryan Gosling. I love him as an actor, I watch all his movies.”
Personal highlight of 2011? “I got all straight A’s this year. I got my GPA up to 3.6 from a 3.4, so I was glad to get it above the 3.5 mark.”
Reason you’re glad the year is over? “It’s been a long year, so I’ve just been trying to push through. I’m ready for a new year and I want to start it off good.”
Resolution for 2012? “Just to try and not get so frustrated so easily and just let things go easier.”
— Interview by Andy Bockelman, for the Daily Press
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