Alumnus Destinee Hardin graduated in 2010 and went to the University of Houston. While in high school Hardin danced with the step team, acted as senior class treasurer, and worked on the yearbook staff.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating high school in June 2010, I went to the University Of Houston in pursuit of a Biology degree for a future in veterinary medicine,” Hardin said. “I actually went on to graduate with the Health Promotion degree in hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse. While at the University Of Houston, I was a part of my church’s campus ministry, I went on numerous missions trips including one in La Paz, Bolivia and another in Philadelphia, and I also was a part of a National Youth Advisory Council with Hope Worldwide. NYAC allowed youth all across the world be active in doing service projects to give back to the community. I’ve work as a nanny now for almost 8 years and I love it.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“This such a loaded question,” Hardin said. “So, actually, once I did my mission trip in Philadelphia working with inner-city kids, I realize I had such a passion for working with children. However, since I was already studying to be a veterinarian I had a meeting with my advisor going back into senior year of college and told her that I wanted to switch to nursing. I told her about my passion for working with children but I still wanted to stay in the medical field, and she suggested that if that is what my heart was set out to do then I should do it. Now, with evening I just love working with children. I enjoy being able to build relationships with different families, watching my children grow up, and just being a positive influence on young minds. I love what I do and I definitely believe that it will help me in the future when I become a mother. Plus, a recent trip to Australia and Hawaii with my curate nanny family has definitely been a major perk.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Honestly, I don’t know how I survived high school,” Hardin said. “I was in two to three extra curricular activities every year, I worked 20-25 hours a week, and fought to stay in the top 10%. I feel like my foundation for responsibility, discipline and multitasking all started in high school. Now, I will say, the workload in high school is no comparison to college. I had to learn how to become a better student my freshman year of college. I had to learn you’re not taking the class, you’re taking the professor. I remember failing a statistics class because my teacher was Russian and had no understanding of how to properly teach and offer outside help. The next semester, I took the exact same class and aced it! My teacher was phenomenal and extremely helpful, it was even online. Also, I would suggest some people learning to live a life without constant dependency on their parents. College is a time to grow up and make your own decisions.”
What are your plans for the future?
“As I’ve stated before, my plans for the future are to become a pediatric nurse,” Hardin said. “I am currently applying to nursing schools and hopefully will be admitted and on my way to my dream soon! After graduating nursing school, I hope to become a travel nurse for third world countries. There are just too many people in this world without proper access to health care.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to high schoolers is going to sound cliche, but stay with me here,” Hardin said. “High school comes and goes but the people you meet and the memories you make last forever. The first year Legacy opened it was so exciting to be one of the first to explore the halls and make a mark, literally and figuratively. You don’t ever get to go back, so make it count. Take your grades seriously, but know it’s okay to not know what you want to do in life or change your mind. I’m almost 26 years old and I wish someone had told me that failing a test in college isn’t the end of the world. I wish someone told me that I’ll meet all types of people and one day maybe I’ll stand beside them on their wedding day. Most importantly, I wish someone told me college doesn’t have to be completed in four years with the expectations of a career immediately after graduation. We are all on such different paths in live and there is no rush to get to the finish line.”