Alumnus Alexandria Long graduated in 2014 and worked at Walmart’s home office. While in high school Long participated in color guard.
What have you done after high school?
“I worked at the Walmart home office in Bentonville Arkansas, it was an internship to test the waters so to speak,” Long said. “I got married, had a little boy, and I am currently enrolled in college.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“My son,” Long said. “Every day I wake up I want to be a better woman, a better mother just for him. Never look down on young mom’s, we juggle raising a kid when we just stopped being kids ourselves, balancing motherhood and college plus just trying to remember who you are, it’s hard but it’s worth it.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“High School is tough, not just because of the constant stress of school, but because of all the changes we go through to find ourselves,” Long said. “Heck I’m 20 and I still have trouble with “adult stuff” once you’re out of highschool, that’s it. Then life hits you with the responsibility sledgehammer. It’s worth it though. All of those ramen noodle days while trying to pay the bills. I think the walls of high school made me grateful for the freedom graduation brings.”
Explain your job now.
“At the moment I am a stay at home mom, just until I finish school,” Long said.
What are your plans for the future?
“I’m going to raise my children, and work towards my degree,” Long said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Be true to yourself,” Long said. “You’re going to meet a lot of people who are total jerks. People who put you into a box with a label and expect you to sit down and conform. Forget the box. Forget them. Pave your own path, and be the best you you can be.”