Alumnus Marshall White graduated in 2009 and went to Tarleton State University. While in high school White participated in band.
What have you done after high school?
“I graduated in 2009 and went to Tarleton State,” White said. “I graduated in 2013 with a Kinesiology degree and thought I wanted to go to PT/OT school. I soon discovered that chasing money would not bring my happiness and I would be bored silly at work. I decided to go back to UTA and become a nurse, I graduated in May of 2017 with my BSN and got to speak at graduation, I faced many setbacks up until that point but it was all worth it in the end.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I became a nurse to help people,” White said. “I make them smile when they were having a bad day. To make the hard times a little easier. To comfort those who are hurting. I am also able to travel, my work schedule, and the fact that I will always have a job played a role too.”
What did you learn in high school that affects me now?
“I learned to work hard and not to give up,” White said. “At times I didn’t want to go to band practice but I stuck with it all 4 years. I didn’t want to work a part time job in high school but I stuck with it. Since then I’ve learned to fail. I’ve learned I won’t always be good at something my first try. I’ve learned to allow myself to fail and to realize its ok. Birds always fall out of the nest before they fly.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I am looking to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner, or CRNA,” White said. “I have also considered doing medical sales. My dream is to become a model but it doesn’t pay the bills right now. In whatever I do, I hope to glorify God and make him proud. I hope to make his name famous and to show others his love.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6,” White said. “The more I know, the more I realize how much I don’t.”