Alumni Brittany Sutton graduated in 2012 and attended Texas A&M and earned a degree in Political Science. While in high school she participated in JROTC and student council.
What have you done after high school?
“I went straight to Texas A&M the fall after I graduated from Legacy,” Sutton said. “I was in the Corps of Cadets my freshman year of college, participated in a group called Aggie Shields which assisted veterans both on campus and in the Bryan/College Station community. I was the President of the Texas A&M chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus the last two semesters I was in college. My degree is in Political Science and I went on an 8-week study abroad to Saint Petersburg, Russia the summer before my last semester. I was actually able to graduate an entire semester early thanks to the college credits I received while still in high school, through both AP and Dual Credit classes. It was a huge help financially, because the fees/tuition of those classes in high school are nothing compared to a semester at a 4-year university. Since graduating from Texas A&M in December of 2015, I have worked for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department as a Detention Officer.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I’ve always been drawn towards law enforcement and working in a jail brings valuable knowledge, experience, and skills needed to further a career in law enforcement,” Sutton said.
What did you learn or experience in high school that affected you in college and beyond?
“The AP and Dual Credit classes both helped me with college credits and also getting ready for the college atmosphere,” Sutton said. “College is completely different from high school. There is no one to hold your hand and make sure you’ve turned in your assignments. There is a lot more personal responsibility involved and I think these classes helped me with that. Also, my time in JROTC helped me gain many skills that I have used in both college and the work force. I learned how to speak in front of a crowd confidently, which is something I do almost every day in my job, and I also learned how to communicate effectively, which is something that benefits me both at work and in my personal life.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I basically supervise inmates and maintain the safety and security of the facility,” Sutton said. “It can be a stressful job but it has given me so many skills that I’ve never even thought about before but I know can only benefit me in the future. For example, sometimes I have to make a decision within a couple seconds and it could even be a life or death situation. That’s not something many people have to deal with often, much less on a daily basis.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I would like to move into a leadership role, either within my field now or possibly another field.,” Sutton said. “Thankfully my job has skills that translate well into other roles that aren’t necessarily in the law enforcement or government field.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Take your classes seriously,” Sutton said. “I did well in high school but my grades were not where they could have been. My high school GPA made the difference between being automatically accepted into a state university and being accepted by other factors such as test scores. I also missed out on scholarships because my GPA wasn’t high enough. So, learn from my mistakes, and turn in your assignments on time, study for tests, and show up to class! And even if you don’t want to go to college, find something that interests you and pursue that.”