Miranda Ovitt ’18 didn’t feel challenged in high school. That made the Early College program at the Johnson campus a great option for her.
As a high school senior, she took classes at Johnson and satisfied her high school graduation requirements while completing her first year of college.
“It was amazing how I could merge my needed credits as a senior in high school into my freshman year of college credits,” says Miranda, who is majoring in Business with concentrations in Management and Marketing. “I was ecstatic to find a program that allowed me to push myself and challenge myself much more than I had to in high school.”
What Miranda experienced with Early College is what she values most about Johnson — the close community.
“When I joined the Early College program, I was bombarded with kindness and support from so many departments on campus. Everyone I walked by on campus greeted me with a friendly smile,” she says. “I made so many friends and would definitely recommend the program to any motivated high school student.”
Through Early College, Miranda became comfortable with Johnson and life as a college student, and she got to know faculty and staff.
By the time she began her sophomore year, “I had built strong relationships with many faculty members, which allowed for a huge amount of support all around,” she says. “The community at this school is phenomenal… Everyone here is like a family.”
A summer internship as a teller at Union Bank in Morrisville, at a professor’s suggestion, strengthened Miranda’s skills and gave her important real-world experience. “Union Bank and JSC have a strong connection, and the bank is always looking for Johnson student interns,” she says. “I learned many things that will help me start my career, such as customer service, cash handling, business professionalism, and the overall knowledge of the duties of a bank teller.”
Miranda, who grew up in Montgomery, started at Johnson as a Mathematics major. Before she changed her major to Business, she received a START Mathematics Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance and other benefits for Vermont students who meet income and GPA eligibility requirements. She changed her major after realizing she prefers business math to calculus.
Miranda also has gained valuable sales, technical and customer service skills in campus positions as a SHAPE Center front-desk attendant and IT Help Desk assistant.
Eventually, she wants to be a human resources manager at a business.
The internship “was a very rewarding path because it allowed me to set foot into the business world,” Miranda says. “It helped prepare me for my career because I was able to feel what it was like to be part of a professional environment.”