Get to know Foley High Alumna Robyn Kaechele!
Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born in Pensacola, I grew up in Elberta, and I graduated from FHS in 2009.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
I played softball my freshman and sophomore year. I also was a part of pretty much every club possible, but I spent most of my time in the art room and working at Fossil.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
After graduation I went Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. I graduated with a BFA in Fibers in June of 2013.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
After high school I continued to work at Fossil during all of my school breaks, except for one summer when I interned at Kelly Wearstler in Los Angeles. After college I was blessed to have found a job pretty quickly as a Designer at Mohawk Home. It’s a lot of fun! I get to draw and be creative all day and see my art come to life as rugs and put in stores and in people’s homes. I also get to travel to places like NYC and Las Vegas to set up show rooms for the buyers to come and see our newest products.
If you hadn’t become a _____, what might you have done?
If I hadn’t become a designer, I have no idea what I would be doing! I might have opened up my own screen printing business- who knows.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
Adversity has taught me that nothing can hold one back from one’s dreams. Although misfortune can be thrown at you with force, if you keep your goals in sight and stay focused and positive you can make anything happen. Adversity is not an excuse for failure; it’s a motivational force towards success.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
One major thing I miss about high school is seeing my friends on a daily basis! My best friends from high school and I all live in different states now, so seeing each other is really difficult.
Another thing I miss about high school is being a kid! Even though in the moment you feel so grown up and mature looking back at it I think about how easy and naive I was about everything! Enjoy every minute and don’t take everything so seriously.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how?
I would say my mom and dad. They were both completely supportive of me going to an art school for some unknown of major while most people just questioned me. They both sacrificed a lot for me to accomplish my dreams and I am forever grateful.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Italy as well as studying abroad in Lacoste, France, so next on my bucket list would probably be Crete!
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
Before you graduate I would say to thank your parents and spend as much time with your family as possible. There is no telling what the future holds, so be sure to let them know how much you love and appreciate all that they do for you.
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
What’s best for others isn’t and won’t always be what’s best for you. Try to figure out what your morals are (not what your parents or friends morals are for you) and stay true to them.
Do you have any college advice for those who plan on going?
Pick a college you really want to go to. It’s ok to go to a school where you won’t know anyone. If you go to the school that you really want to be at you will thrive. Don’t let anyone tell you your dream career is unattainable. If you focus and apply yourself you can make it happen.
Do you have any advice on finishing high school?
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Robyn Kaechele, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.