Alumni Leanne Flores graduated in 2013 and attended Tarleton State University. While at Legacy, Flores participated in volleyball, basketball, track, powerlifting, journalism, teen leadership, Key Club, FCA, bronco brigade and ready set teach program.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating from Legacy in 2013 I went to Tarleton State University for Track & Field,” Flores said. “I was a javelin thrower there for two years when I decided to transfer to Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M University I was a student assistant with the Track and Field Team where I worked with another Legacy Alum, Shelbi Vaughan, 2012, as well as other notable track & field athletes. I graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Leadership Development with double minors in Communication Studies and Sports Management. I am now back at Tarleton State University pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Management with plans of working in Higher Education. I am currently working as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Life for Tarleton where I am overseeing two residential facilities. I also spend every Friday night in the stands cheering on the Broncos because my younger brother, Tyler Flores, is a junior at Legacy and is #61 on the varsity football team. I have never missed a game since he was on varsity last year as a sophomore so it is important to me to be at every game.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I fell in love with all areas of campus life during my undergraduate experience,” Flores said. “I was very involved as a student while at Tarleton and at Texas A&M with the transition programs and other organizations. As a student I loved being able to help ease the college experience for incoming students as well as help their transition into a new environment. I love to work with college students whether that is in an athletic setting, residential setting, Greek setting, or even a spiritual setting.”
What did you learn/experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“In high school I learned to believe in myself,” Flores said. “I knew I wanted to be a college athlete at a young age so going through high school my focus was on that. I wanted to set myself up for greatness and although I had some bad experiences I also had many good. The support system I had at LHS from some of my coaches and teachers is what pushed me to chase my dreams. Those that saw potential in me and helped me see that in myself. My confidence in myself boomed after exiting high school because I was able to see what they saw in me all along. Thank you to Rod Nutley, Nicole Kidd, Leland Mallett, Rachel Dearinger, Amy Pack, Billy Smith and a few others who truly taught me that I can do absolutely whatever I set my mind to. This has helped me more than ever while entering the professional phase of my life.”
What are you doing now?
“I work for the Campus Life department at Tarleton State University as a Residence Life Graduate Assistant,” Flores said. “This position has me overseeing two residential facilities that have around 600 residents. I also oversee 14 Residential Leaders and 10 Office Assistants. In this position I have to deal with roommate conflicts, placing and moving of residents in my facilities, event management within the halls and scheduling. I am responsible for the professional and personal development of my staff members, as well as crisis management within my facilities. I also work with the Director of Greek Life on implementing Greek housing, working with recruitment, and being the sisterhood and events advisor for the sorority I am an alumna, Alpha Omicron Pi.”
What are your plans for the future?
“My plan for the future is to graduate with my masters in 2019 and then hopefully accept a Residential Coordinator or Greek Life position on a campus in Texas,” Flores said. “I would like to get married and have children and settle down with a family at some point as well. The future is unknown and it is completely in God’s hands.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice is to enjoy it,” Flores said. “High School is such a special time in your life, don’t waste any opportunity you have been given. Have a good attitude and make the best of those days. It goes by so fast and then you wish you could go back. I would give anything to go back for just a day and relive those moments. Live it up because you don’t want to look back and have regrets.”