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Cathy Jansen ,’01, 2001 tears turned Gamecock success story
As a Gamecock, her life has No Limits
Cathy Jansen remembers August 11, 2001 like it was just yesterday.
"I remember standing there, crying like a baby looking out at my son, my husband, my nieces, my sister and parents," said Cathy. "I was so proud of what I had accomplished and knew they were too."
August 11th was graduation day at Carolina. With a diploma in hand and the "2001" song playing over the loud speaker, Cathy knew her life would be different now.
And different was something Cathy needed when she first came to Carolina in 1999. At age 35, she was happy personally but wanted more professionally. Her associate degree in Accounting was failing to live up to her earlier dreams of working in a fast-paced, engaging career. A job that gave her the opportunity to lead others and also make a difference in the local community. A job that wasn’t really a job at all, but a passion.
Cathy started off in the Journalism School, pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. But after only two semesters she was forced to re-evaluate her plan.
That’s until Cathy met USC professor Don Stowe. Professor Stowe headed up the university’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies, a degree offering focused on adult learners and non-traditional Gamecock students like Cathy.
"My life changed right then and there," said Cathy. "Professor Stowe helped me find my way at USC. He encouraged me to apply for a scholarship, and he worked with me to create a schedule where I could take classes at night and work full time during the day.
Soon after graduating in 2001 Cathy began working her way up the corporate ladder in the banking industry. Now as the City President of Regions Bank, Cathy oversees four branch offices in Columbia for Regions Financial Corporation, a bank with $122 billion in assets and 1,700 banking offices in 16 states.
She leads the consumer and small business services where a typical day has her engaging in the bank’s day-to-day business operations, but also talking with customers and bank associates.
"I also have a drive for success and I love to see my associates excited when they do something good. We celebrate a lot of things – big and small."
With financial stability and a job that she truly loves, Cathy says she’s now focusing on her work/life balance.
"While my experience is different than the majority of students attending USC, my goal was the same: to find a solid career that I could be proud of and prosper in. I know my degree made a difference in where I am today.
"It’s a great time to be in banking and it’s a great time to be a Gamecock!"
Cathy Jansen graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. A native of Roanoke, Va. and a current resident of Blythewood, S.C., Cathy is currently the Columbia City President at Regions Bank. She is based out of the bank’s Gervais Street office.