March Alumni Spotlight: Amy Fugate Rouse, '04
The EKU Honors Alumni Spotlight for March shines on Amy Fugate Rouse. She graduated an Honors Scholar in May of 2004 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. She titled her Honors thesis, “A Health Care Solution.”
Currently Amy works on the booking floor of the Jefferson County jail as a Pretrial Officer. She spends her time at work running risk assessments on people who have been arrested. She also interviews the people that come to the booking floor in order to release them or set a bond for them. At home, she spends time with her two children and her husband, whom she met at a protest for a student who had been expelled due to being gay.
Favorite Honors Memory: Amy says her favorite memories of Honors include graduation, conventions, traveling, and sitting on Sullivan’s porch with friends. The best memory, however, followed the senior honors banquet when she graduated. Amy recalls, “My mom came and the speaker was Crystal Wilkinson. As we walked out to the car to leave, Crystal stopped my mom and me because we were holding hands. She wanted to tell us that she had been close to her mom as well and she didn't often see anyone in their 20's holding a parent's hand.”
Advice for Honors Students: “Hold yourself to a high standard but don't beat yourself up too much when you fail. Life happens sometimes and all you can do is hang on. Don't ever quit, though, even when things seem insurmountable. It took me ten years and two kids to finally break into the career I see myself working until retirement. The wait and hard work was worth it.”
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Published on February 29, 2016