Alumnus Mattie Sells graduated in 2015 and went to TCC Southeast. While in high school Sells participated in theatre and choir.
What have you done after high school?
“Right after high school I attended TCC for 3 years and got my associates of arts,” Sells said. “I was involved with the theatre and jazz band program for my time there. I got married in December of 2016, and in December of 2017 I graduated college and moved to Groton, Connecticut and lived there for 8 months. In August 2018 we moved to Saint Mary’s, Georgia.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Well I haven’t done much that I’ve wanted to do,” Sells said. “With all this moving I haven’t been in a very stable place to do anything, but I will be starting to volunteer at a local theatre in the near future, and I’m looking forward to being on the stage again.”
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“In high school I was bullied quite frequently, and I became very closed off,” Sells said. “Once I graduated, even though I still have issues with anxiety, I’ve learned to open up and be myself and to not really care what irrelevant people think of me. Do what you have to do to make yourself feel good and don’t worry about the feelings of everybody else.”
Explain your job now.
“Unfortunately I don’t have a job right now,” Sells said. “With this recent move I’m currently trying to find a job.”
What are your plans for the future?
“[My] plans for the future are to start a family and to save enough money to renew my vows with my husband and have the big wedding we originally wanted,” Sells said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Don’t let the bullies get to you and don’t be afraid to be yourself,” Sells said. “If you are getting bullied or if you see bullying report it. If you have any problems at all don’t be afraid to talk to your favorite teacher or go to a counselor, they are there to help. Also being in high school is cool, you finally made it, but don’t mess around. Actually try to pass classes and take them seriously. If I had the chance to redo high school I would.”