Alumnus Brice McDaniel graduated in 2012 and went to Navarro College and Tarleton State University. While in high school McDaniel participated in dance.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I started working at Walgreens just to have a job throughout college, and it actually turned into a great career opportunity,” McDaniel said. “I worked there as a cashier for a year and a half, and then moved to a different location and became a Pharmacy Technician for two years until I got promoted to management. I lead my shifts and direct my coworkers and employees for that duration of time. I want to do something in the business world and having management experience will absolutely help me in the long run.”
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Having self-discipline was a huge factor,” McDaniel said. “Sitting down and getting my work done, getting my homework done, etc. I did my entire Bachelors Degree online, so having self-discipline was something I was glad to have learned. It also taught me that drama, relationships and toxic friendships are only temporary. I only speak to a handful of people from high school and even then it’s through Facebook every now and then. I was able to learn the true meaning of friendship when I moved on and it gave me a new perspective.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I believe the goal or the dream of anyone with a business degree is to own their own business one day, and I’m no exception,” McDaniel said. “I’m not sure what I want to do in that business, but it is a goal of mine to run my own.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Be yourself,” McDaniel said. “Oh my goodness, I cannot stress this enough. I have seen so many young adults under the age of 18 transform themselves to fit in. It is so important to be true to yourself because the only person you can count on at the end of it is you. Another thing, ask your parents how taxes work if you don’t know already. Ask them how bills work, how credit works and how it is once you graduate or move out. I moved out at 21 and was absolutely clueless. Learning about it now when you’re in high school will ease so much stress once the time comes for all of these things.”