Alumnus Katherine Rountree graduated in 2009 and attends Tarrant County College. Rountree currently is working toward becoming a nurse.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school I had taken some time off because I became pregnant with my now 8 year old son, Nicholas,” Rountree said. “I then got into local government and am now working for the City of Mansfield as a Permit Technician. I am working towards a new career change to be a Nurse and am going to TCC and will very soon transfer to Texas Woman’s University to receive my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I wasn’t the best student in high school,” Rountree said. “I was more worried about my friends, what they were doing, and what events we would go to. Now that I’m older and in college with a 3.85 GPA, I realize how much education I really missed out on. If only I had put in as much effort as I do now, I could have possibly graduated at the top of my class. I believe the way that it is now, my high school experience has pushed me to strive and be more successful so maybe there was a benefit to all of it.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I receive permit applications from residents of Mansfield, contractors, developers, architects, etc. for new homes, commercial buildings and even garage sales,” Rountree said. “I work with one other person and am the first face you see when you pull permits for the City. We regulate code requirements and check all applications for completeness for anything to be built in the city limits.”
What are your plans for the future?
“Eventually, I plan to go back to graduate school to become a Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in psychiatric mental health,” Rountree said. “I really would want to work with children with mental health problems and plan to hopefully open up my own practice some day.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice would be to remember your friends and life will change after high school,” Rountree said. “You will grow up and become responsible for yourself and possibly others. Don’t take things for granted and enjoy your youth while also maintaining a good student record.”