Alumnus Tara Schaible graduated in 2008 and went to TCC and Tarleton State University. In high school Schaible participated in the criminal justice club at Ben Barber and the, ‘Bronco Bells.’
What have you done after high school?
“I became a veterinary technician right out of high school,” Schaible said. “I attended TCC for my associates degree and Tarleton State University Ft. Worth campus for my undergrad. I majored in psychology and my minor was in social work. I’m currently working on my masters degree in psychology at Tarleton State University Ft. Worth campus. My goal is to become a licensed professional counselor and work with veterans and their families.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I think I realized I wanted to be a licensed professional counselor at a young age,” Schaible said. “I knew I wanted a career that involved helping others but I think I decided to focus on veterans and their mental struggles only a few years ago after realizing there was a major need.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I think the thing I took away the most from my education in high school is the foundations of writing a paper,” Schaible said. “Throughout college and especially in my master’s program writing papers has been apart of every class.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I’m currently a full time student and work full time as a vet tech,” Schaible said. “I love my current job and will be beyond sad once I graduate and change careers.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My biggest advice to high school students is to remember that what you think matters to you today will most likely not matter in 10 years or even 2 years,” Schaible said. “Each one of you will change your mindset, values and beliefs. You will grow into an entirely different person in the next few years. Friendships will change, relationships will change but be open to it. Change is scary but always try to embrace it. Also, before you make the decision to not pursue college make sure you have a plan for your future. If you do go to college my advice would be to take advantage of dual credit classes. Not only will you save money but it can also take an entire semester off of your college career and allow you to finish college faster. Always speak with a counselor before registering for classes because you don’t want to take classes you may not have to. Always communicate with your professors. You’ll never know the answer if you don’t ask.”