Class of 2009
It's safe to say that doing business runs in Christine Jaeger's blood: her family owns the Best Western Cold Spring Motel in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Merrimack senior started folding towels there during freshman year of high school. A personal investment class she took during senior year of high school clinched her career choice.
“I was absolutely riveted by talk of stocks and investing,” Christine says with a laugh, “so I decided to major in finance.” Merrimack was an easy choice. “It felt like a good fit from the minute I stepped on campus, with really nice professors and great classes,” she says.
Christine had heard about Merrimack's Cooperative Education program, but she was hesitant to take the leap at first. “I didn't want to take five years to graduate,” she admitted. But, after talking it over her roommate, both of them decided to sign up for the Cooperative Education Program. “Getting work experience before leaving school gives you a solid advantage over your classmates when you graduate,” Christine explains. “It can only help you in the long run.”
When, to her delight, Christine realized that she could take summer classes to catch up on requirements and graduate in just four years after all, that only sweetened the deal. “Sure, it's a lot of work, but I'm getting a lot out of it,” she says.
Christine's first Co-op job was in her home town at historic Plimouth Plantation, a living history museum, where she worked in the public relations department and was able to assist in various sales and marketing projects. Currently, she's a consultant relations assistant at Putnam Investments in Boston, where she works for a database team updating the company's web sites.