Amanda Evora, Olympic Figure Skater and Alumna

What was the best thing you got out of USFSM experience?

The best thing I got out of my experience was the opportunity to take evening classes at the USFSM so that I could continue my full-time training as a Team USA athlete (figure skater) as well as continue my part-time jobs during the day.  During these evening classes, I was able to meet and network with other hard-working and motivated students striving to better their education. 

Do you have one anecdote or story that stills in your memory?

When I made it to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, it gave me plenty of opportunities.  I learned that I would always be a role model to the community due to my humble successes.  I was very honored when USFSM with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau invited to tell my story with other prestigious and successful women in the area. This event inspired me to continue giving back to the community as a motivational speaker as I have done a handful of events since then.   

Here’s a link to the event USFSM had hosted last year :

How did it prepare you for the work you do now?

I chose to attend college and get a degree as a back-up plan to my figure skating career.  About a year ago, I was recommended for an office job in downtown Sarasota.  The company offered me the job understanding I would be achieving a degree in Business Administration – Management and Marketing.  With my recent summer graduation from  USFSM, I now work for Specialty Products Holding Corp. as the Office Administrator. 

What would surprise people the most to know about USFSM that you want to share?

I am very excited about the recent formation of the USFSM Rowing Club that was announced a little more than a year ago.  By the sounds of it, there’s a lot of interest in rowing in our area, and I wish to see the growth of this Olympic sport in our university!