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Abigail Wooldridge is a Kentucky Derby Festival Princess

Abigail Wooldridge is Kentucky Derby Festival PrincessJunior Abigail (Abby) Wooldridge has been selected as a 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Princess. An Industrial Engineering major at J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Abby was born in Dalls, Texas, but grew up living and loving what she considers her hometown, Louisville.

She expects to earn her BS in Industrial Engineering in May 2011 and complete her Master of Engineering in IE in 2012.

An intern in the Healthcare Solutions vertical at TechSolve, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH, Abby also works as a grader for the Engineering Fundamentals department.

 

Why did you chose to run for one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I have always loved Derby time in Louisville, and really realized how important it was to me when I was out of state on co-op. I had volunteered for the festival before, but knew I wanted to get more involved when I came back from co-op. Since I met all the qualifications to apply for the Princess Program, I decided to give it a try because it really is a great opportunity.
What was your reaction to being crowned one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I was of course really excited, but also a little nervous because there are a lot of responsibilities and you have to commit a lot of time to it, but I am really excited to be a part of the Derby Festival. I can’t wait for the Festival events to start!
What are your responsibilities as one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I basically act as an official ambassador for the Kentucky Derby Festival! I attend almost every single official event, starting with the Your Community Bank Poster Premiere on January 28, and then appear in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on April 29 (with lots of other events in between). The Princesses also get to visit schools to talk about how important volunteerism is. In addition to all this, we attend the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby!
What is the one thing you want prospective students to know?
I really think it’s important for incoming students to realize the importance of going to class, even when attendance is not mandatory. The other big thing I would suggest is getting involved in something on campus – it can be a greek organization, a professional group (like IIE!), or anything else. Just find something that’s fun and interesting to you other than studying so you stay well-rounded (but keep studying too because good grades make your life a lot easier down the road).
Best advice since entering Speed School?
I really think the best advice I received about attending engineering school was when I was a junior in high school: one of my teachers told me to take as much calculus as you can before you get here, because that will make your freshman year SO much easier. But the best advice since actually being in college is “talk to your professors.” They really want you to succeed, and most of them will do anything they can to help you do well. Plus, they’re nice people that have been in your position before, so they can give you some great advice and pointers for accomplishing your career goals!

Abby's top three reasons to choose Speed School:

  1. I love the town – you get to experience the Derby festival and the great people and still go to a good school!
  2. The co-op program is a really great way to “test drive” your chosen field; you really get to see if it will work for you.
  3. The students and the professors are all great people, and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to work with them.
Why did you chose to run for one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I have always loved Derby time in Louisville, and really realized how important it was to me when I was out of state on co-op. I had volunteered for the festival before, but knew I wanted to get more involved when I came back from co-op. Since I met all the qualifications to apply for the Princess Program, I decided to give it a try because it really is a great opportunity.
What was your reaction to being crowned one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I was of course really excited, but also a little nervous because there are a lot of responsibilities and you have to commit a lot of time to it, but I am really excited to be a part of the Derby Festival. I can’t wait for the Festival events to start!
What are your responsibilities as one of the Derby 2010 Festival Princesses?
I basically act as an official ambassador for the Kentucky Derby Festival! I attend almost every single official event, starting with the Your Community Bank Poster Premiere on January 28, and then appear in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on April 29 (with lots of other events in between). The Princesses also get to visit schools to talk about how important volunteerism is. In addition to all this, we attend the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby!
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