Alumnus Brianna Alicea-Smith graduated in 2012 and went to the University of North Texas. While in high school Alicea-Smith participated in Choir and AcaDec.
What Have You Done Since Highschool?
“I completed my Bachelor’s degree at UNT in History with minors in Anthropology and Japanese.” Alicea-Smith said, “I then moved to Japan for two years on the JET Programme to teach English. Finally, I just finished up a program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland for my master’s degrees in Medieval History.”
How did what you learn or experience in Highschool affect you in college and beyond?
“I honestly really hated history up until high school, and I didn’t even know anthropology was a thing.” Alicea-Smith said, “it was because of some really good teachers and interesting classes (especially Mr. Austin’s AP Euro class) that I ended up in a subject I really love. I also made some lasting friendships at Legacy that have really gotten me through a lot.”
What is your advice to current Highschoolers?
“Don’t stress too much. You don’t need perfect grades to do what you want to do. And get involved.” Alicea-Smith said, “Choir and AcaDec both really got me through high school and I made lasting friendships and connections through them. Also, don’t forget that most of your teachers really want you to succeed. Go to them for help if you need it and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. I still keep in touch with some of my teachers from Legacy.”