Alumnus Kris Stroud graduated in 2010 and went to Stephen F. Austin University. While in high school Stroud participated in teen leadership and worked as senior class vice president.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school I went straight to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas,” Stroud said. “I studied psychology, with a double minor in philosophy and creative writing. While in school, I worked many jobs: I was a RA (resident assistant), I planned and executed an annual university event, worked as a server, and worked for a hotel.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I needed a job,” Stroud said. “But a more appropriate answer is: I work for a fantastic company where I get to help people and help them stay connected with what’s important in life. That is what’s important to me.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“The effect high school had on me I still carry everyday,” Stroud said. “I learned that whatever you are feeling or experiencing at the moment will change. The only thing you can depend on is that things will always change, positive or negative. All you can control is how you react to this change.”
Explain your job now.
“Currently I work for southwest airlines in customer relations for the executive office,” Stroud said. “Basically I work at the highest point for resolving and maintaining positive company/client relations.”
What are your plans for the future?
“Since I received my bachelors in psychology, to do much with that you need a Masters Degree,” Stroud said. “For 2018 I’ve applied for some programs to go back and get a higher degree. I would like to focus on developmental psychology or social psychology.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Finish,” Stroud said. “That’s cliche’ let me make that more memorable. Honestly, high school has a weird catch-22 associated with it. Things will change and whatever’s happening at this point will not last, on the other side the things you’re learning now will always stay with you. So if times are bad, know that it will get better however don’t discredit the lessons that need to be learned because it’s better to fall now then to be in your mid-twenties and fall. Falling is only harder the older you are. ‘Take chances. Makes mistakes. And get messy.” -Ms. Frizzle. Enjoy every moment you have in high school, these are the last times you get to not have a care. Making life decisions is hard and I would kill for a couple more years of fun. Also stop comparing yourself to your peers. It’s foolish to compare your backstage to everyone else’s main stage. ‘You do you boo boo.’”