Alumni Therese Friemel graduated in 2011 and went to the University of North Texas, getting a Bachelor’s of Strategic Communications. While in high school Friemel worked on the yearbook staff and participated in theater and improv.
What have you done after high school?
“I attended the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where I studied journalism,” Friemel said. “I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Strategic Communications from the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT. I was design editor on the North Texas Daily staff, which is the newspaper on the UNT campus. After I graduated, I got married and landed a job with a company I love.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I fell in love with journalism and design my freshman year in high school,” Friemel said. “Ever since I started working on the yearbook staff, I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“A lot happens in high school,” Friemel said. “Once you get to college and start to grow as a person, you kind of laugh at the silly things you used to worry about. I learned to grow from my experiences in high school, the good and the bad. And to just try new things and get out of your comfort zone a little, because once you go off to college, a lot is going to be out of your comfort zone.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“Now I am an Account Executive for Balfour Publishing,” Friemel said. “I work with schools all across the country and the production of their yearbooks. I see the yearbook process from a different side than I did in high school. I get to see their pages come to life and watch it be put together. I get to work with yearbooks every day and it is really awesome to be a part of that.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan to keep on working with design and yearbooks,” Friemel said. “I hope to start a family soon with my husband, right now we have a furbaby Corgi named Piper.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice would have to be, to make great memories,” Friemel said. “Cherish the time you have as a somewhat irresponsible teenager. It’s okay if you are not best friends with your high school best friend in college. We all grow and there is so much undiscovered world out there.”