Alumnus Emily Yeats graduated in 2010 and went to Stephen F. Austin University. While in high school Yeats participated in student council and managed the baseball team.
What have you done after high school?
“I went to SFA and got my Bachelors of Fine Art degree my major emphasis was in jewelry and metalworking and my minor emphasis was ceramics,” Yeats said. “I was hired by the company that I did a summer internship with and have worked with her ever since. It is called DeAnna Cochran Jewelry. It is a small woman owned and ran business that is great about working around my schedule life and baby. I dropped my daughter at Mother’s Day out at 9 and am now working. It’s the best. I get to work from home which is a total bonus. Except it gets lonely sometimes by myself so for a little socialization I sell LipSense and I also help my sisters with their business when I can which is Gold Dust Vintage. I am on a board for a social organization for ladies in Mansfield and Arlington.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Touring SFA,” Yeats said.
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“You get out what you put in,” Yeats said. “Pushing myself to get ahead and that just because something is done one way by everyone else doesn’t mean that’s the way you have to do it. I feel like working in the real world during high school really helped me learn more and more of a work ethic than school.”
Explain your job now.
“I make jewelry,” Yeats said. “Working with torches hammers saws and stones.”
What are your plans for the future?
“Enjoy life with my family,” Yeats said. “That is what is most important to me. Working to pay off my student loans and create savings for our future.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Apply for every single scholarship you possibly can,” Yeats said. “There is tons out there. Those councilors are paid to help you find them. Use their skills. Do not get pregnant or get anyone pregnant until you can really really afford that baby. Get involved in your community. If you are considering going into some job field call up someone that works in that field and talk to them! People are excited to help others and teach. All you have to do is ask.”