Get to know Foley High School Alumna, Candance Campbell!
Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born on February 24, 1990, at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL. I graduated from Foley High School in the class of 2008.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
I participated in the Mighty Band from Lion Land and the Foley High School Choir. I was pretty good at both as I very much enjoy music!
Did you go to college, business/tech school after graduation?
I am currently in college for Real Estate and Business Administration. I attend Green River Community College in Kent, Washington while working full-time.
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Have a favorite?
After graduation, I picked up the normal first “full time jobs.” I was a waiter for Ryan’s Steak House in Foley, AL for a while, and then I worked at The Hangout in Gulf Shores for about a year before heading over to the now closed GameStop in Gulf Shores.
In 2011 I moved up to Seattle, Washington, where I briefly joined Berkshire Property Advisors, but I was soon hired into Sound Transit (Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority) and have been here for the last three years. This would have to be my favorite job as Sound Transit offers a rewarding atmosphere and strong connections with our community!
If you hadn’t become a _____, what might you have done?
If I had not become a government employee, I think that I would have wanted to pursue my passion in science and study astronomy and space science.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
Adversity has taught me to appreciate each day. Things and people come and go; there will be hard times, but also very blessed and happy times. Above all, it has also taught me to always keep a positive outlook on life and myself! You can do anything you set your mind too.
One or two things you really miss about high school?
Number one thing I miss about high school, band. Number two thing I miss about high school, my friends.
Who was the person who most influenced you, and how?
The one person who influenced me the most was my father. My dad has always worked hard to raise my sister and I. Without him, I do not know where I would be. He has taught me to work for what I want and go for my goals.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to New Zealand and Australia, which my husband and I are doing in February of 2016 to visit family!
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
The one thing I would encourage high school students to do before you graduate is to enjoy and savor each moment with your friends. Do not get caught up in the drama that every school has and truly cherish the friends that are there for you now. Those friends will be your best memories of your high school days!
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
The best advice I can give to a 20-year-old would be to not be in a hurry to settle down. I see it more and more these days where young adults are in a hurry to get married, but it is not a race. Enjoy your life. Travel while you can and make even more memories!
What are you doing now?
I now live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and our beautiful son who has just turned a year old! These days, I am busy being a full-time mom, working a full-time job, and attending college to complete my Business Administration degree and Real Estate license as I work as Sound Transit’s Property Management Coordinator. When I am not in school or working, I am spending time at home with my family playing World of Warcraft with my husband and kicking balls outside with my son. We also take annual vacations to Alabama to visit family.
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Candance Campbell, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.