Alumni Carson Campbell graduated in 2013 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from SMU. While in high school Campbell played baseball for four years.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school I attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas to study business,” Campbell said. “I graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business with a major in marketing and a minor in history. I currently am the Marketing Coordinator at the Five Star Institute, the Dallas-based leader in mortgage industry events and news.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I have always been a strong writer, and I consider myself to a fairly creative person in general,” Campbell said. “Pursuing a career in marketing was the natural choice as it allows for a unique combination of artistic vision and creative writing.”
What did you learn or experience in high school that affected you later?
“High school taught me never to be afraid to fail,” Campbell said. “It is inevitable that you will be faced with adversity throughout your life and that you will fail. Success comes to those who can remain resilient and continue to strive for success.”
What are you doing now?
“My current role is that of Marketing Coordinator, which means I am responsible for overseeing all print and digital marketing for my company,” Campbell said. “That entails working with the CCO and Art Directors to identify key marketing initiatives and turn a creative vision into a reality. After the marketing materials have been created, I am also in charge of scheduling them for delivery via mail or email.”
What are your plans for the future?
“To be honest,” Campbell said. “I don’t have the slightest clue what my plans for the future are. I think it’s safe to say that I’m still figuring out this whole adulthood thing, so my only real plans are to try to enjoy my journey and whatever the future may hold.”
What is your advice for current high schoolers?
“My advice to current high schoolers is to try as many things as you can,” Campbell said. “You may be completely unaware of what your true passions are simply because you’ve never tried them. Paint a portrait, design a website, write a short story, pick up an instrument, start your own small business, it really doesn’t matter what it is as long as you are putting yourself out there and trying something that could make you happy. If you find something you love, dedicate yourself to that craft wholeheartedly. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in anything, so you might as well get started now. Don’t let financial circumstances hold you back, there’s always a side hustle waiting for those opportunistic enough to seek it out.”