Simone Jimenez ’13 works as hard as she plays. Jimenez, a standout soccer player during her four years at VMI, excelled off the field as much as she did on it. An economics and business major at VMI, Jimenez had the highest grade-point average of any cadet in that department.
The summer before her 1st Class year, she interned at JP Morgan Chase in New York City – the first VMI cadet ever to do so. By October, while most of her peers were still making post-graduation plans, Jimenez had accepted a job offer from JP Morgan Chase as a corporate analyst.
At the same time, she was already making a contribution to a real-world business. Last fall, she and other cadets taking an advertising class created a marketing plan for Lexington’s R.E. Lee Hotel, currently under renovation.
With her plans for life after VMI nailed down, Jimenez studied in Spain during the spring of her 1st Class year. At the end of the semester, she found time to travel to Germany, Italy, and Sweden.
During her cadetship, Jimenez was named to the Big South All-Academic Team for two years in a row. This honor came in recognition for her excellence in both athletics and academics. On the field, she was a midfielder who finished her career tied for fourth in VMI’s all-time assist listing. She was co-captain of the team her 1st Class year.
Off the field, she was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta (English) and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish) honor societies. She was also an ambassador for the Keydet Club, which raises money to support VMI athletics.
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Major: Economics & Business