|Alumnus Kacie Everhart graduated in 2009 and attended TCC and UTA. While in high school Everhart participated in cheerleading.
What have you done after high school? (College, jobs, etc.)
“After graduating high school, I enrolled into community college at TCC,” Everhart said. “About two months into my first semester, I found out I was pregnant. Obviously, it was not planned and was absolutely terrifying. I took the next semester off so I could have my baby girl and spend the first few months at home with her. My mom watched her so I could go back to school and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. After 3 years at TCC, I finally was finished with my basics and transferred to UTA. My daughter was 3 at the time and I thought it would be best to put her in a preschool program. So, I found a learning center where I could work (while going to UTA full-time) and where she could go with me. It only took me 2 years to graduate from UTA with a B.A in speech communication. I worked so incredibly hard those last two years. 15 hour semesters, summer classes, etc. But, seeing my daughter holding a sign up for me at my graduation made all the hard work worth it.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Well, I was never one of those people who knew what they wanted to do when they, ‘grew up,’” Everhart said. “I didn’t have a plan or a dream job. I ended up picking my major simply because I was good as public speaking, group projects- which are both huge parts of a communication degree. I knew that choosing that major, it would be versatile and it wouldn’t limit me to only one job.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Honestly, I am not quite sure,” Everhart said. “I am 26 now and high school seems like it was a lifetime ago. I think my teenage years made me stronger. You experience your first real emotions. Love, loss, etc. Obviously, my high school education helped me succeed in college. I don’t want to take away from that. It sounds cliché, but your grades in high school really do matter. However, allowing yourself to grow and change matters too.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I currently am a stay-at-home mom,” Everhart said. “Yes, I graduated college and then chose to stay home. When my oldest was 1, her father and I got married. We grew up together. He supported me and our family so I could finish college. Right when I graduated from UTA, we knew it was time for another. My youngest daughter is 2 now. I can’t believe how time flies! Being able to stay home and raise my girls has been the biggest blessing and most rewarding job in the world.”
What are your plans for the future?
“In the future, I see myself teaching,” Everhart said. “Maybe even at Legacy. When I was going to TCC, I subbed at Legacy quite a bit and really enjoyed it. I am currently enrolled in an alternative teaching certificate program to become a teacher. I plan to stay home another year with my daughter before I go to work. Beyond career aspirations, our plans for the future include traveling & just enjoying watching our kiddos grow up.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Stay in school,” Everhart said. “Don’t do drugs. Okay, but seriously. High school may seem unimportant, but it really isn’t. Worry about your GPA. But don’t forget to live too. Make those memories. Put yourself out there. And most importantly, be kind.”