Alumnus Victoria Harkrider graduated in 2012 and went to UTA. While in high school Harkrider worked in the journalism program and participated in bronco brigade.
What have you done after high school?
“Once I graduated Legacy, I went onto UTA where I declared Advertising and Web Development as dual majors,” Harkrider said. “Taking on Web Development was actually very impulsive of me as I had to take an intro class for my Advertising class and I really enjoyed it, so I took it on as additional major – I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But it’s pretty cool to code websites, so that’s fun. Fun suggestion: If coding is interesting to you, it’s in high demand everywhere. I joined a Panhellenic Sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where my experience in Journalism during high school came into play and I became Historian of the chapter. I got to test and hone all my skills like photographer, videography, graphic design, etc. Eventually, I graduated and got into an advertising agency based in Dallas, Texas. My title was ‘Content Specialist.’ I work on two clients social media, Sur La Table and See’s Candies. My job duties are to shoot pictures, stylize candy, Photoshop and edit images, write copy and captions, and dabbled in some videography and editing. It is an amazing experience, I recommend it for anyone. We have a State Fair day where everyone in the agency gets free admission and tickets and we spend the entire day at the Texas State Fair. We have “Wine Downs” every other Friday where the agency would provide free beer, wine, snacks for everyone for the last 2 hours of the day and it is the perfect excuse to avoid working. The entire agency gets every holiday off and 2 weeks of paid vacation for Christmas and New Years. I got the amazing opportunity to work on acquiring Ubisoft, for Watch Dogs 3, as a client the most impressive thing I did there. I got to travel to LA because one of our clients were based there; didn’t do a lot of work on that trip. We have bowling tournaments, free snacks in the kitchen, no dress code, got to work from home.”
What made you do what are you are doing now?
“Where I am employed now offers me the opportunities to explore different areas of advertising that I didn’t get to before,” Harkrider said.
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I learned to be comfortable with myself,” Harkrider said. “I’m an awkward and clumsy individual, and I’ve learned to accept it. It’s a lot of fun.”
Explain your job now.
“I love getting to wear my favorite baseball cap to work on bad hair days,” Harkrider said. “A typical day for me would entail coming into work at 9AM, grabbing some sort of refreshment or morning snack. We almost always had complimentary breakfast because we had client acquisition meetings often in the morning and there is always leftovers. I work on copy, go into a meeting around 10:30 AM to go over said copy, grab lunch in the area or at home (my favorite was Bread Zeppelin, Starbucks, or Which Wich), revising copy based on feedback from 10:30 AM meeting, plan out photoshoot for candy by scoping out scenery to shoot in (lighting was the biggest headache, ugh) and researching props, then finally shooting for the rest of the day. My manager is pretty laid back, she is only a few years older than me and is very social. She was a fitness instructor after work so we oftentimes don’t have to stay too late. It’s pretty great working in the city because I live 3 minutes down the road and everything is very convenient.”
What are your plans for the future?
“To be happy,” Harkrider said. “I know I’ll be successful with all the momentum I’ve built up so far, but what I really care about is having financial freedom. I’d love to pause life and go travel anytime I want with no consequences. If you’re not regularly partaking in what makes you happy, then what are you doing? Why hold off on that road trip to California? What’s preventing you from applying to your dream university? Go ahead, eat that last Cheeto. It’ll be worth it.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Never consider yourself above something,” Harkrider said. “You’re never too good to do a small task or to take that job. Do something that makes you scared, or else you’re not pushing yourself and you’re just stagnant. Be nice to everyone, it will take you far and you’ll never know who those people you graduate with will become.”