Jayme Fullerton: Finding balance beyond college
Jayme Fullerton (’04 I E) thrived during her Penn State career by living through the words of her grandmother.
“Never let school interfere with your education,” Jayme’s grandmother said to her. “You may be worried about your GPA, but pursue your interests.”
During her five years at the University, Jayme made it her mission to find what she was interested in and chase after it.
She took an interest in computer science while growing up in Uniontown, PA, and started out as a computer science major in the College of Engineering. Jayme later switched to industrial engineering after completing an internship her freshman year that steered her toward a different direction in engineering.
On campus, Jayme got involved in many clubs and organizations such as the Penn State Women in Engineering Program, Penn State Homecoming, IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, and Phi Sigma Rho, a chapter of a national sorority for women in the fields of engineering and science.
Jayme said her experience in these activities made a big campus feel smaller, and participating in her sorority and fraternity allowed her to try Greek life while still having time to meet the demands of the engineering curriculum and other social activities.
“It gave me the balance between the technical degree, people skills, and the character-building aspects of college,” she said. “School work is not the only thing you learn. You have to be able to work with people.”
In her first job after college, Jayme was a distribution supervisor for Estée Lauder where she monitored the activities of the warehouse. After that role, Jayme moved to operations and worked in subcontracting planning and industrial engineering.
While she worked in planning, Jayme went back to school and received her MBA from Villanova University. Today, she continues to work at Estée Lauder as a financial analyst.
“Engineering is a great major that can help you sell yourself for many different roles,” Jayme said. “Especially with the recession there is general uncertainty, and it is good to have an education and diverse background experience to maintain a career.”
Jayme enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, a girl who is five and boy who is five months, and she hopes to get them interested in engineering and attending Penn State in the future.
“The education was great, the life experience was positive, and I felt that I received a well-rounded education that I am very grateful for,” Jayme said.