Alumnus Katherine Thompson graduated in 2009 and went to UTA. While in high school Donovan participated in Colorguard and Winterguard.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating in 2009 I went to UTA,” Thompson said. “I was a performer with an independent winterguard called Black Gold from 2010-2012. For work, I taught colorguard at Legacy HS and Trinity HS from 2009-2010 and then taught at Summit HS from 2010-2012. In 2012 I was wrapping up my degree and realized I needed some “real life” work experience. I got a job in the imaging department at Colonial Savings. We scanned and classified mortgage loan documents. They had a night shift that went until 9pm so I was able to go to school full time and work full time. I had no idea at the time, but that job was going to play a huge role in my future! I spent 10 months in that position and graduated from UTA in 2013. After I got my degree, I interviewed for a position in the Secondary Marketing department at the same company. 8 months ago I was promoted to AVP and Supervisor of that department.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I just kind of fell into it,” Thompson said. “I graduated with a liberal arts degree and didn’t really have a plan for my future. I just wanted a job. I didn’t think that I would stay at Colonial Savings after I got my degree, but after applying for literally hundreds of jobs I had no bites. I was lucky enough to have a boss who saw something in me and helped me make connections in other areas of the company which led me to the position I am in now.”
Explain your job now.
“I am in Secondary Marketing for a mortgage company,” Thompson said. “After someone buys a house and gets a mortgage, we package up that loan with other loans and sell them on the secondary market to investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. My primary responsibilities are determining the most profitable way to sell a loan, executing those loan sales, and hedging our pipeline of loans to protect the company from interest rate risk. I am also responsible for supervising the operations of the department.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I was never very goal oriented in high school, but I am now,” Thompson said. “I have the goal of becoming VP and Manager of the Secondary Marketing Department within the next year or so. I am working on attaining some professional designations within the mortgage industry to help further my career. Just yesterday I applied for a yearlong executive leadership development program that is held by the national Mortgage Bankers Association. I never imagined that I would end up in the mortgage industry, but I am so glad I did. I found a career that I love and I plan to continue working my way up and one day hold an executive position.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Get involved in something,” Thompson said. “The friends you make in high school activities will be your friends for life. Be engaged. Care. Learn as much as you can. Apply for scholarships. I wish I had applied for more.”
If you have anything else you’d like to add, please do.
“Before Legacy opened, I was a student at Summit,” Thompson said. “As an incoming junior, I was given the option to stay at Summit and I wanted to stay there more than anything. My mom wouldn’t let me do that because my younger brother was a freshman who was zoned for Legacy and she didn’t want us going to different high schools. It didn’t take long for me to realize that going to Legacy was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I made lifelong friendships, had the best teachers, and I even met my husband. The first time I ever saw him was the first day of school in 2007 in Mrs. Kamphaus’s pre-cal class. We started dating after high school in 2010 and we got married in 2015.”