Get to know Foley High Alumna Shannon Mack!
Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born at South Baldwin Regional Medical center in Foley….raised in Lillian Alabama. I graduated from Foley High School in 2006.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
Yes, I was a proud member of the Mighty Band from Lion Land Color Guard all four years of high school. Yes, I was good if I have to say so myself. I was “Co-Captain” my senior year, and we went on to March at the “Fort McDowell Fiesta College Bowl” in Arizona, 2006. I believe our photos are STILL decorating the walls of the band room to this day.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
Yes. In August of 2006, I began my first semester of college at Faulkner State Community College with a major in general studies. After a full semester, I realized that I was lacking the discipline I needed to apply myself on the college level. I was working at Target, living with my parents and spending my entire paycheck on gas for the one hour commute from home to class each morning. After much thought and research, I decided to transfer to Alabama A&M University where I graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Social Work in December of 2011.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
Post-graduation, I have held many jobs from working with children, the mentally ill and disabled to working with animals as a pet sitter through a pet sitting and babysitting agency.
My favorite position would be my current employer, Seraaj Family Homes Inc. where I work as a Case Manager to therapeutic foster children and their families. Seraaj Family Homes is a Therapeutic Foster Care agency that places children with licensed “Professional Family teachers”(foster parents) to meet the individual physical, emotional and social needs of children and youths in a “substitute” family setting, until the natural family can be reunited or a permanent placement through adoption can be arranged.
If you hadn’t become a Social Worker, what might you have done?
This is a million dollar question that I ask myself often, and I am still unsure. Considering the fact that I spent five long years of my life to break into the social work field, I would say I’m content with doing this for now and the next 20 years. However, I would love to become a business/franchise owner one day. The sky is the limit.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
Adversity has taught me that the only thing constant in life is change.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
I miss the small things about high school such as: friends and the band. I am fortunate to have such great memories of all the trips taken as a student and member of the high school marching band.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how?
Honestly, I have had so many positive influences in my life that I could write a short novel. However the person that influenced me the most would be my father’s sister, Mary E. Mack. Being a first generation female college student wasn’t a challenge that I accepted with ease. Being that my Aunt Mary is also a college graduate with a degree in Law, she has always understood my struggles and was there to give me that extra push and support I desperately needed. My Aunt Mary has truly influenced me to strive to make my life better for not only myself but for my future children and grandchildren.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere, I would travel to Rome and visit the Vatican City. Christianity has been a big influence on my life, and I am fascinated with being able to see where it all began.
What are some things you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
I encourage all students to think on where you would like to see yourself in the next five to ten years. Set goals for yourself and don’t be afraid to reach your goals, no matter how ridiculously far out they may seem. If you are interested in going to college, take the SAT/ACT and narrow down your college choices to two Universities. Visit at least one of those colleges before you register to become a student.
Also, if you are working, you should open a checking account to learn and become accustomed to saving and budging your money. These are simple life skills that some have forgotten how to do. Save money for college now and thank me later.
Before you graduate, tell all of your “friends” goodbye and tell your Mom that you love her. It will be a while before you get to see them again.
What is some advice you would give a 20-year-old?
Do not waste your 20’s trying to live up to others expectations. Do not waste your time being afraid to dream.
You are capable of doing anything or becoming anything you want to be in life. Don’t be afraid to go someplace you have never been before. God gave us all five senses and a brain! Use them! There is no “Get Rich Quick” scheme in life, so never give your power away by refusing to use your brain.
Everyone has goals and dreams. No matter how big or small your goals are, never give up on them. It is up to you; whether you make a positive or negative contribution to this society.
Thanks Shannon for letting us get to know you, and best wishes from the Lion’s Roar.