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Phil Brown scholar eyeing possible career relating to fashion

By Don Fennell

Published 2:36 PDT, Fri May 29, 2020

With a passion for fashion, Sophia Anderson plans to study business at UBC starting in September.

A recipient of the Thompson Community Centre Phil Brown Scholarship, recognizing her many contributions to her community, the soon-to-be Burnett grad says that she had no set career entering high school. But having always enjoyed working with others, she has gained valuable experience that helped shape her interests in both fashion and business.

“After joining Women In Leadership, I had the opportunity to attend countless conferences and workshops,” she says. “Listening to successful women speak about their careers in business inspired me to learn more.”

Her experience as a fashion ambassador for Nordstrom’s has also inspired her to share her knowledge with others. Maybe even as a teacher.

“I have always enjoyed working with children and am open to the possibility of a career revolving around this age group. It is most important for me to find an occupation that involves working with others and that is fulfilling.”

Outside of school, Anderson is keen about exercising and dancing. Ballet has been a big part of her life since she was three years old. Spending time with family and friends, who constantly offer encouragement, is also high on her to-do list.

Among the best advice she’s received is to stop making comparisons to others, and to appreciate that each person is on their own unique journey.

“Remembering this has allowed me to celebrate the accomplishments of others, (while being) proud of what I have achieved,” she says.

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