Career Day Prepares Student for Future


Sharing a glimpse of her exciting photography career, DHS alum Ms. Alexandra Arnold (’10) displays a photo from a shoot with Lady Gaga on Dominican’s Career Day in March.  

As DHS alum Ms. Alexandra Arnold (’10) sat in her desk during Career Day years ago, she was unsure of what profession she would choose. Today, she is an accomplished fashion photographer and retoucher for Marc Jacobs as well as former digital archivist for Martha Stewart.

When Arnold spoke to the crowd of students on Career Day, she remembered how she was once in their shoes. “During my senior year, I started to have a love for photography and got my first camera,” she said. “I took art with Mrs. Abadie, then continued my journey to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).”

“But it all started here at Dominican,” Ms. Arnold added.

At Dominican’s Career Day, Ms. Arnold and other professionals gave valuable insight to students of all grade levels. A social worker, dermatologist, attorney, veterinarian, physician, school principal, business owner, real estate agent and many more participated in the annual event held March 29. The speakers – 32 of which were DHS alumnae – spoke in depth about their careers and their education.

Career Day is as popular among students as it is for the alums returning to participate. Career Day gives students a glimpse of life after DHS. “I enjoyed listening to the fashion photographer, real estate agent and finance relations analyst because their jobs are so interesting,” said senior Yarina Novick. “It’s cool to see how far their profession has taken them, especially since most of them were DHS alumnae.”

Before many of the speakers walked through the familiar DHS hallways, they prepared

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Stressing the importance of learning through experience, Mrs. Magdalen Bickford (’79), attorney, advises DHS students about their plans for the future during Career Day.

to give advice to students who are still unsure of what the future may hold. “If a student doesn’t know what career to choose, it’s okay because she will figure it out through life experiences,” advised attorney Mrs. Magdalen Bickford (’79), mother of junior Katherine Bickford and former editor in chief of The Star. “DHS prepared me for my career as an attorney, especially from the writing courses and public speaking.”

Katherine Bickford hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps. “My mom inspires me to be an attorney,” said Katherine. “She is my role model, and she makes me proud to be her daughter every day.”

DHS is proud to share the alumnae’s experiences with students each year. After speaking at Career Day, Ms. Arnold reflected on where her career began. “I had a dream and I did everything I could to make it happen,” she said. “I encourage the girls to go out and pursue their biggest dreams.”

– Morgan Forshag