At Meredith, I learned how to manage tasks, prioritize projects, problem solve, handle stress, and face challenges – all key factors in the real world.
Nicole Fernandez, ’99, grew up traveling around the world as part of a military family. Now she makes international travel to exotic locations possible for others.
Fernandez is the senior travel consultant for Uncharted Outposts and OutsideGo. She has been with the company for 15 years, providing customized travel opportunities. The company places an emphasis on wildlife conservation by maintaining partnerships and supporting programs that are environmentally friendly.
“The emphasis is around the smaller, more exclusive properties to create a more intimate experience for our travelers,” Fernandez said. “Much time is spent on the phone discussing ideas, details, and logistics of individual and customized trips.”
Her work requires her to use many skills gained at Meredith.
“Dealing with multiple classes, projects, and exams is very similar to dealing with a variety of clients and situations … At Meredith, I learned how to manage tasks, prioritize projects, problem solve, handle stress, and face challenges – all key factors in the real world.”
Like many alumnae, Fernandez praises the faculty/student mentoring found at Meredith. Janice Swab, now professor emerita of biology, was an important influence.
“She was truly my anchor and guiding light … she cared and dedicated her time, energy, and passion to many,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez earned a degree in environmental science from Meredith. With Swab’s encouragement, she then studied wildlife management and conservation in Kenya through the School for Field Studies. Fernandez calls this experience the foundation of her current work.
“The diversity of courses, the intimacy of classes, the compassion of faculty, and the exposure to programs in and outside of Meredith was dynamic and defining throughout my college years.”
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Meredith Magazine.