Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born in Selma, AL, and I graduated in 2009.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
I was in FCCLA and Sign Language Club. I had fun in both.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
I went to Fortis College for Medical Assisting. I did 200 hours of externship at Precision Imaging in Gulf Shores, and later world for a neurologist as well as South Baldwins Urgent Care in Gulf Shores.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
Medical, yes, urgent care. There’s so much of a variety of things we see there. The staff is amazing, such a well put together team of medical professionals.
My second dream job is teaching. So probably that.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
That true friendships last through the adversities of life. The most difficult thing I have faced in my short 23 years of life is having a friend/peer pass away, which in turn has taught me to cherish life and never take friends for granted while they’re here.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
I miss the simplicity of life, and the spirit that filled the halls and stands during football season.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how? From Foley High?
Well, Mrs. O of course! I will never forget her. She taught more than just English/Lit. She taught us how to be responsible for ourselves and shared some things that she has learned through her life. She is just an all around strong, resilient, influential woman. I’m glad to have had her as a teacher.
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
Don’t procrastinate, but don’t take the best years of your life for granted!! The real world of adults is just that, REAL!
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
Each day comes with 86,400 seconds. Make them count.
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Rena, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.