Alumnus Hannah Shaffer graduated in 2018 and currently attends Texas A&M while studying nuclear physics. While in high school Shaffer participated in band, drumline and was the features editor for TheRiderOnline.
What have you done after high school?
“I am currently attending Texas A&M studying nuclear physics,” Shaffer said. “I hope to get a degree in physics and pursue a career in weapons safety.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“My dad works in nuclear safety, so I’ve always been surrounded by it,” Shaffer said. “While I’m not the best at physics, I’m extremely passionate about it, and I couldn’t imagine pursuing anything else.”
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I’ve learned more about life and how to function as an adult in my first semester of college than I did all four years of high school,” Shaffer said. “While high school did teach me the importance of learning from your mistakes rather than dwelling on them, the biggest learning curve comes immediately after high school rather than during.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“The ‘honey, you’ve got a big storm coming’ meme is really accurate, honestly,” Shaffer said. “Life after high school, whether you attend college or not, is a big leap from one life to another. Take it one day at a time (I know that sounds corny, but it’s really accurate) and don’t spend your entire paycheck on cheap fast food if you can help it.”