When Kaylee Underwood was growing up in a small Illinois town, she was drawn to a softball field not far from her home. She fell in love with the game as she watched the women of Aurora University compete and began to wonder and hope that…well, maybe, just maybe someday she could play that game, maybe for that same Aurora Spartan team. A couple of years ago, Kaylee’s family moved to San Antonio and Underwood enrolled at O’Connor High School. But Kaylee never let go of that dream and recently it all happened. She has given her commitment to Aurora University and will be playing for them next year.
Nostalgia. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, nostalgia is characterized by the “pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again.” For many the days of yesteryear, although long gone, are forever imbedded in the brain and even more so in the heart. It’s ironic, as children, humans can’t wait to grow up. Lion King’s “I just can’t wait to be King” comes to mind. When we are young the idea of being an adult seems enthralling. The obscure idea of responsibility is a game that we play with in the form of “House.” Real responsibility does not occur until much later on, and as many can testify to it’s a real shocker.
Many believe when high school and university are over the adult world will await. In actuality, the real dog-eat-dog world does not begin until all the responsibilities that society has previously formed is placed on our somewhat, hopefully, stable shoulders. Now this is not meant to be dissuasive to all the young adults coming into their own. In fact, this article is meant to be an incentive. Being an adult is challenging, it’s meant to be. What would our lives be worth if we didn’t have to work for it?
Welcome Home decided to reconnect with Brittany Uhlenbrock, Alexandria Bureau, and Carol Tang, recent local graduates of both high school and university who prove success comes with those who are willing to work for it.
Welcome Home: When did you graduate?
BU: I graduated from Ronald Reagan High School in 2013, and I recently graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2015.
AB: I graduated from Sandra O’Connor High School in 2013.
CT: I graduated from high school in 2007, and from university in 2011.
Welcome Home: Which university did you decide, and why?
BU: I chose to attend Texas A&M University for a combination of reasons. My older sister was a persuasive Aggie, the cost of attendance was low because of the scholarships I’d been offered. The history and traditions of the university set it apart, and Aggieland happens to be home to St. Mary’s Catholic Center, one of the world’s best campus ministries at any college campus. If I had to go back and choose all over again, I would pick Texas A&M solely on that fact alone.
AB: University of Texas at Austin is the best university in the state. It’s affordable and located in a great city.
CT: I attended the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music.
Welcome Home: What is/was your major?
BU: I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Psycology.
AB: I am currently majoring in communication studies.
CT: I majored in ballet performance.
Welcome Home: What do you plan or have you been doing since graduation?
BU: I have been accepted to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program starting May 23, 2016, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
AB: Nothing in particular with that degree. I plan on working part time and volunteering in public health. After a bit, I want to continue my studies at graduate school.
CT: I ended up dancing right out of school, and now I am in the process of opening my own dance studio.
Welcome Home: Where do you see yourself in 5, and 10 years?
BU: Five or ten years ago I could’ve never predicted where I am now, so I really have no clue! I could’ve never predicted that I’d have the friends I have, be the proud owner and wearer of my very own FTA ring, and be moving to Dallas for graduate school. God has proven to me, more times than I deserve, how good He is! I know that whatever He has in store for my future will be greater than anything I could envision. In 5 or 10 years I hope to be doing God’s will.
AB: In 7.5 years I hope to be finished with graduate school. In roughly ten years I would like to be married, own my own house, and have a job within the public health sector.
CT: I want to be in the dancing industry, whether dancing or teaching.
College Tutors sponsored a program this school year to highlight outstanding high school educators in the Stone Oak and Northwest San Antonio area. The purpose of the recognition was to thank and acknowledge educators whose efforts went above and beyond with our students.
These educators, represented by teachers, counselors and support staff, all exemplified the three core values of College Tutors: Can Do, Leave It Better, and Results Matter. They epitomize the ideal of an educator Role Model and are an example for their peers. The quality of education in our community was impacted and is a direct reflection of their daily efforts as role models for our community students.
Throughout the past school year, 33 educators were recognized for their significant impact and Role Model behavior at Reagan, Johnson, Brandeis and O’Connor High Schools. Please join us, once again, as we recognize, as an entire group, all the 2015/2016 award recipients:
From Ronald Reagan High School: Val Sisson, Chans Chapman, Robin Hays, Maria Hernandez, Lynda Sanchez, Dean Arteaga, Faith Newton, Katie Boles, and Matt Reichle
From Claudia Taylor Johnson High School: Theresa Sanchez, April Boston-Collum, Kelly Parker, Christine Brown, Katherine Willhelm, Justin Felux, Velisa Jewett, Blane Pederson, and Kevin Rubel
From Louis Brandeis High School: Tate Demasco, Jennifer Brewer, Connie Lippenholz, Joel Trevino, Amanda Hamilton, Tamela DeLong, Jimmy Holman, and David Tomasson
From Sandra Day O’Connor High School: Michael Arellano, Annie Smith, Robert Jaklich III, Jessi Cooney, Chelsea Hoffman, Lisa Connell, Barbi Carroll, and Kendall Ellis
As business members of this community, College Tutors was honored to recognize these individuals for the past school year and appreciate the support from the administrators at each school as well as the editors and publisher of Welcome Home Community Newspaper. If you have any questions about the award, please feel free to reach out to the staff at College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors at 210-202-0303 or visit us at one of our Learning Centers in Stone Oak or Bandera Road.