Posted by Frances Lindsey on October 27
Tori Tucker Alexander is a long time Skyline Alumnae from Nashville, Tennessee. She was a camper for 10 years and has been a camper parent for the past 4 years. And in her words, “I’m Ranger born and Ranger bred and Ranger till the day I die!”. Read below more about Tori and her Skyline days.
What is your favorite Skyline memory?
My favorite memory is all the club leaders jumping into the river after River Vespers and ANY time spent on the front porch of Riverside.
What makes Skyline special to you?
For me the magic of camp has always been about the people and the relationships made there. The late night conversations with counselors, the friends I made and have kept in touch with for decades, and the way those connections continue to find me in my life.
What like skills did you learn at camp?
Leadership and conflict resolution are the skills I learned at Skyline! Living in a cabin with 12 other girls, some form of conflict is a guarantee. When we were younger we relied more on the counselors to help us navigate this and work together to find resolutions. As we got older in Riverside and didn’t have a counselor with us every minute of the day we learned how to live together and work through the daily challenges on our own. This was great preparation for later in life and when you go to live in a dorm in college you will immediately be able to spot the people who never lived in a cabin with 12 girls.
How has skyline’s mission statement, “Enriching young girls in God, relationships and self”, impacted your life?
God is the only constant guarantee in our lives. Skyline helped show me ways to seek a relationship with God and feel his presence in ways I would have never experienced otherwise. Because of Skyline I feel the strongest and most at peace when I can spend time alone in nature.
SKYLINE HERO-What is your job?
I am an interior designer and lead a design firm with a retail showroom in Nashville, TN. We have design projects all over the country and our work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Today Show, and HGTV magazine as well as many other regional and national publications.
As a Skyline Hero, what advise do you give college students interested in your field?
Great interior design starts with attitude and discipline. You’ll have to have the courage and vulnerability to seek opportunities. Whether it is starting your own business or working in a firm, these positions usually start as unpaid. Seek opportunities for internships or the chance to build your own brand with opportunities that present themselves. There are many years of unglamorous tasks that build up to opportunities to create beautiful spaces. I would welcome any Camp Skyline friends interested in interior design to reach out to me for guidance!
Camp Mom. Wife of Cooper. Proud mom of three. Birmingham Southern grad. Homesickness extraodinaire. Maker of the famous Franny Dip. Lover of evening coffee.