Alumnus Hailee Smith graduated in 2013 and went to Oklahoma State University. While in high school Smith participated in Drill Team and AVID.
What have you done after high school?(College, jobs, etc.)
“When I first graduated from Legacy, I attended Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2013,” Smith said. “After a semester, I went back home and then attended Tarrant County Community College. Right now, I am focusing and working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Right now being an Elementary Education major, is something that I have always dreamed of doing,” Smith said. “Although, when I first went to college I was a little worried about being in this field, due to the fact that Teachers usually do not make a lot of money. After starting out as a business major and hating it, I finally decided to change my major to something that I loved doing and not worrying about how much money I will be making in the future. I have had several teachers that have influenced my life in a positive way and that is what I hope to do for all of my future students that I teach.”
What did you learn/experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“One major thing that I learned in High School, specifically the AVID Program was to stay organized and on top of all of my work and be proactive will doing it,” Smith said. “Every week I make tons of to-do lists for myself, as well as keep a planner to organize homework and other things that need to be completed.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“Right now, I am working part time for Meeting and Conference Services at Oklahoma State University, while I finish my degree,” Smith said. “At my job, I get to schedule events and book meetings for student groups and VIP’s on campus.”
What are your plans for the future?
“My plans for the future include graduating in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and begin my career as a Teacher,” Smith said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“The biggest advice that I have for high schoolers is to start making good habits now with getting organized, because organization is key in college,” Smith said. “Also, one thing that I have learned while being in college, is that you may not graduate in four years or two years depending on your field of study, yet all that matters is that you one day walk across that stage and get your degree in a field that makes you happy.”