Spotlight on Caroline Jerome
This Q and A is a way for you to get to know scholarship recipients and hear their stories.
What new things have you learned about yourself since starting college?
I have learned so much about self-discipline and responsibility since starting college. I am going into my junior year at Baylor, and I can already see the amount of growth that I have experienced during the past two years, like being responsible with my time, studies, friends and so on. I'm looking forward to the new things I will learn as an upperclassman over the next two years.
What degree are you working on?I am pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a concentrated minor in business administration.
Please tell us some of your interest or hobbies.
I'm up for anything as long as I'm with friends or family! To be a little more specific though, I love playing golf, singing, shopping, reading and baking.
What is your favorite food?I have an addiction to Mexican food, specifically Chuys.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Thirty, flirty, and thriving! Just kidding. In ten years I hope to be working for a company that is making a difference in this big, crazy world. As a PR major, I love talking and communicating with anyone and everyone. I just finished an internship with the North Texas PGA, and I do hope to look into possibly interning with or perhaps working for that company's headquarters in Florida.
I have also had a medical interest, though. Perhaps I'll work for a pharmaceutical company like my mother. I guess we will just have to see what's going on 2024.
How has the Angela Stanford Foundation Scholarship helped you?
The Angela Stanford Foundation Scholarship has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family. Unfortunately, a college education is not the cheapest in today's world, so I am very lucky to have both the opportunity for higher education and to have scholarships like this one.
How has cancer affected you and your family?
Cancer rocked not only my world, but my family's world as well. We learned how to work more as a team instead of solving problems individually. Praise God --I was not diagnosed with a terminal illness, but some aren't so lucky. Cancer made helped me and my family not take anything for granted. There are always people in the world who have problems bigger than our own.
Do you have a favorite sporting team (baseball, football, basketball, etc.)? If so, why do you choose to root for them?
Favorite sporting team? Truthfully, I watch too much golf for my own good, so not really any teams there. I enjoy watching other sports (football, baseball, basketball), too, but I don't exactly have any favorite teams, unless it's Baylor!
When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you spend it?
Whenever I have 30 minutes of free time, I usually spend it power napping, reading or talking on the phone. It usually depends on where I am.
Do you have any special talents?
Well, I get along with pretty much everyone and can almost always find something to talk about with a stranger, but I don't know if that's a talent or just being creepy. My dad is the exact same way, so I'm not that weird.
If you could travel to any one place for a day where would it be? Why?
Venice, Italy. I went when I was 14 with the Texas Girls' Choir, and it was absolutely beautiful. I would love to be able to go back as a young adult to see the things I didn't notice or appreciate when I was younger, like all of the stunning architecture and rich food.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. I want to eventually get married and have children.
2. Travel the world as much as I possibly can and enjoy every minute of it.
3. Here's the funky and crazy one: Get matching tattoos with my husband when we are old, wrinkly and retired -- just for fun.
What store would you like to max out your credit card?
Is it inappropriate to say Victoria's Secret? I may just a have a little obsession. If I had to choose someplace different, it would be Target.
If you had 10 minutes on a popular TV talk show, what would you want to talk about?
I would talk about happiness and how it is a personal choice. Sometimes it seems so easy to take the negative road and have a pity party when situations and circumstances aren't going our way. But if we do that, we just find ourselves wallowing in a pit of despair. I know I have been like that in the past. It's not always the easiest decision to be optimistic and happy during dark times, but it most certainly helps and will pay off in the long run.
What type of music do you enjoy listening to?
I love listening to any kind of music as long as it's not country. I know that's weird since I was raised in Texas, but, oh well. I really love Broadway music, which is super nerdy
Coke or Pepsi?
The Dr. Pepper option must be missing
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla with hot fudge is heaven on earth
If you could have dinner with three people living or dead, who would you choose?
Three people dead or alive? This should be fun.
1. Jesus Christ Himself.
2. Michael Jackson.
3. Channing Tatum.
Have you ever attended an LPGA Tour event?
Yes! I saw Angela and Jenny!
If you had to put three items in a time capsule that would be opened in 2044, what would you choose?
1. My Chacos (ugly looking hiking sandals that are super trendy on college campuses right now and are extremely comfortable).
2. Pictures of me with the crazy short afro when my hair was growing back after chemotherapy and radiation.
3. A letter to my future self from my past self. Might be a cool thing to read when I'm old.
What is your favorite restaurant in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
I wish I could give a favorite restaurant for every kind of food, but I'll make it short and sweet. I love Chuy's, Golden China, and Chick-fil-A
Do you have any pets?
I have a super sassy Yorkie named Aurora, but we call her Rory, and she is three years young. We also have a Westie named Chester who will be celebrating his sweet 16th birthday next year!
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
I'm a sucker for Titanic, and I go through at least half a box of tissues with every viewing. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is such a beautiful read. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially if you're still reading this bio. I promise you won't regret it.
If you could pick a profession what would you choose?
I'm super excited to see where my profession in public relations will lead me, but if I could choose a dream profession it would definitely be being an actress on Broadway. Side tidbit: for my Make-A-Wish trip I got to perform in my favorite musical, Wicked, for a night in New York City. It was one of the best nights of my life.
What is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without?
Besides air? I can't live without people, especially my family and friends. There's no way I could get through the craziness of life without my amazing support system. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.