Alumni Donovan Armistead graduated in 2011 and went to Texas Tech University. While in high school Armistead participated in drumline, Key Club, NHS, BASIC, newspaper and track.
What have you done after high school?
“After High School, I went to Texas Tech University, a.k.a. The Harvard of the West, for four years,” Armistead said. “I received a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering, and am currently working for Chesapeake Energy. I moved to Shreveport Louisiana to work in the field for my first year and a half with the company, and about a year ago, they moved me to Oklahoma City to work in the corporate campus.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I liked engineering, and I really liked geology, so petroleum engineering seemed like the perfect fit to be able to enjoy both of them,” Armistead said. “I haven’t regretted it since graduating, it allows me to travel, and work in the field, while also being able to do technical work in an office setting.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“One of the biggest things that I still carry with me that I learned in high school is community,” Armistead said. “I believe that an individual can only make it so far on their own until eventually you need to open up and rely on others to continually learn and grow as a person. In high school I became part of, ‘Bronco Nation,’ in college I became part of, ‘Raider Nation,’ and now I am part of, ‘One Chesapeake.’ All of these different communities have molded, and pushed me to be where I am today.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I am currently finishing up a training rotation,” Armistead said. “Upon hiring with Chesapeake Energy I was a field engineer, they sent me to Louisiana where I was truly submersed in the petroleum industry. In my industry there are four major engineering roles. Reservoir, Production and Operations, Completions, and Drilling. Being in the field I was able to see from the ground up how things work, now that I am in the office I get to see the more technical side of things, Budgeting, running economics on projects, planning wells, optimizing wells, forecasting production, planning frac jobs, writing procedures for work overs, and in a sense, just trying to pull all of the hydrocarbons, oil and gas, that I can, out of the ground in the most effective and economical way possible.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan on going back to school and getting either an M.B.A. or a master’s in data analytics, getting married, and eventually maybe even starting my own company.” Armistead said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“As cliché as it sounds my advice would be to step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself,” Armistead said. “I think that everyone has the capability of surprising themselves with what they are able to achieve. I have had friends do a complete 180 in life because it is what they felt was right for themselves and they are better off because of it. You shouldn’t go through life trying to live in this paradigm that it set up for everyone because not everyone is meant to follow the same path, for example, go to college, get a job, and start a family. Sometimes in order to find yourself it requires just saying yes to an invitation from a friend, or exploring a different avenue that you never dreamed of going down. I am starting to learn that life goes by too fast to not love what you do in it, and who you share it with.”