“St. Johns was a complete wake up call,” says Blair Burke ‘10 as she reflects on her early days at St. Johns as a new freshman. She remembers being challenged to change her mindset and think outside the box. For many people, changing the way you think about things can be overwhelming, but because of the St. Johns family environment, Blair says she was surrounded by positive influences that encouraged her to step outside her comfort zone.
While the transition from St. Johns to college flowed seamlessly, Blair took her time to figure out what her career would look like after graduating from the University of Florida. “I changed my major three times,” she says, “from accounting to marketing and finally to event management with a business minor.”
“My experience was uniquely St. Johns,” Blair says, recalling the memories she made on the St. Johns cheerleading squad rooting for her brother and her cousin during football games. Her experience wasn’t all about academics, but more about being well-rounded, a hallmark of a St. Johns education.
At 17-years-old, Blair Burke ‘10 found the discipline and balance that set her up for success. Now, as the marketing coordinator at Ponte Vedra’s famous Sawgrass Marriott, she uses the same discipline and balance to market one of the world’s largest hotel chains.