Alumnus Paris Patton graduated in 2013 and went to Oklahoma State University. While in high school Patton danced on drill team.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school, I went on to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma,” Patton said. “Four years later, I graduated with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science. I currently work full time at the university and I plan to pursue nursing school in the next couple of months.”
What made you want to do what you’re doing now?
“Throughout my life, I was very indecisive about what I wanted to do career wise because I wanted to do so many things,” Patton said. “One thing I never strayed from was my passion to help others and the opportunity to possibly save lives. During my time at OSU, I took courses towards my major where I learned a great deal about people, their development, their behaviors, and more, I had never been so excited and ready to learn more. I completed my internship on campus my senior year where I was able to work on community projects and plan events for students and families on campus. That experience made me realize how much I loved being involved in the community and how much I loved helping people.”
What did you learn or experience in high school that affected you in college and beyond?
“In high school I learned the importance of balancing which has really helped me throughout my college years,” Patton said. “My senior year of high school I had to juggle quite a few things all while preparing for prom, graduating high school and getting into college. Learning how to balance really prepared me for college, as I was able to effectively balance several classes and their assignments, being apart of an organization, and still making time to have fun and attend events.”
Explain your job now.
“I am currently working full time at the university in the Office of the Registrar,” Patton said. “In the office, I would say we do a little bit of everything in regards to helping the students including assisting with enrollment, petitions, transcripts, diplomas, processing forms and adding it to the students file, assisting professors and advisors with questions, and so much more. The Office of the Registrar is a very important aspect of the school and I am grateful to be apart of such an amazing, hard-working office.”
What are your plans for the future?
“In the near future, I plan to attend nursing school to become a Registered Nurse, afterwards I will work closely with patients in a hospital or a clinic setting,” Patton said. “I plan to marry my future husband who I just recently got engaged to and move back to Texas. I would love to travel the world; my goal is to visit a few countries in every continent. I also want to own some land and build my dream home, have a loving family with a couple of dogs, and just be overall happy.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers
“My advice to current students in high school would be to remember that life is truly what you make it,” Patton said. “Go for what you want in life and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You’re not going to please everyone with the decisions you make but remember it is your life to live and no one else’s.”