Therese (Friemel) Mendez

Alumnus Therese (Friemel) Mendez graduated in 2011 and attended the University of North Texas. While in high school Friemel participated in yearbook, theater and softball.

What have you done after high school?
“I worked in retail and was the design editor for the North Texas Daily,” Mendez said. “I also met my husband while in college. I am now an Account Executive for Balfour Yearbooks. In high school was Therese Mendez, and then I became Therese Friemel when I got married in 2016. We don’t have any children yet, but we have the most adorable Corgi. Her name is Piper and she is very hyper.”

What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Being a part of journalism and yearbook is what made me want to make a career out of it,” Mendez said. “Now I get to work with yearbooks every day. I was lucky to have some amazing mentors while I was in high school and in college that supported my passions.”

How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Being on the yearbook staff prepared me a lot for college and the professional world,” Mendez said. “I learned so many management skills that I applied to how I study and learn in college, and how to communicate with people on a different level. It definitely helps with my current job.”

Explain your job now. 
“I am an Account Executive with Balfour Yearbooks,” Mendez said. “I have a number of schools I manage. I work with their yearbook directly in making sure production deadlines are met, helping them with our software and any other support they may need to complete their book. I see their book start to finish and make sure it makes it through productions and delivered to the school.”

What are your plans for the future?
“My husband and I plan on buying a house and starting a family soon,” Mendez said. “I also want to travel as much as possible.”

What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice would be to enjoy the moments you have in high school,” Mensez said. “Life after high school is very different and you grow so much. Our world seems all figured out while in high school, but the truth is you have so much more growing to do after you leave. Also, find someone who could be a mentor to you. It is always great to have someone to look up to.”

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