Edition 4 - Lexi Herrick

posted Apr 23, 2017, 7:11 PM by Sierra Stevens

By Sierra Stevens

Her High School Experience:

Lexi Herrick would describe her high school experience as involved and inclusive. “I was allowed the opportunity to stand out and try a bunch of different things, which I think empowers you when you get to college and to the career force. A lot of times you have to pick one niche or one part of yourself to really hone on, but I think the high school experience at Hanover makes you more diverse.”

On Finding the Right College:

Lexi applied to many schools and ended up getting accepted into eight different schools. She attended Elizabethtown for its similarity to Hanover. “They encouraged you to be an individual and to be involved in a lot of stuff. Right from the get-go, I was already working on the newspaper and TV station, so it was a lot like Hanover in the sense that it immediately involved you in the community.” However, Lexi ended up transferring from Elizabethtown to Shippensburg. “I went to a private school. I received a huge scholarship, I was a good student, but it still was a ton of money. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the school, the quality of education, or the experience I was having at Elizabethtown, because all that was very good, it was just so expensive.” Lexi ended up graduating from Shippensburg in just 3 ½ years. “I saved so much money by going there. I wouldn’t say I have regrets about choosing that college nor would I change the way that everything happened because it taught me a lot and obviously I had a good experience. I would just say, don’t turn your nose up at state funded schools.”

The Transition from High School to College:

Independence is a huge part of the transition from high school to college. “You have a lot less structure. I think the easiest way to make the transition is to be as independent as you can while in high school. Learning how to manage your own schedule and your own work will make the transition much easier for you.” Lexi also agrees that this is the hardest part of college. “Figuring out what you want to work towards and making sure that you actually do the work is huge. Your parents aren’t there and the professors are just doing their job, so they aren’t going to hound you for work. You have to do it on your own.”

On Advice for High School:

Lexi’s biggest piece of advice is to be true to who you are. “The VP at the last company I was at gave me this advice when I told her I wasn’t going to take the job that they offered me. She was like, ‘You know what? The most important thing you can do is be who you are, and know who you are. Not everybody is going to accept that, not everybody is going to think that you rock, or that you’re cool, or that you meet what they want from you, but you just have to know what you want from yourself. You just need to know who you are.’ I think that’s the biggest piece of advice I would give, just understand the core parts of yourself and just retain them.” She also advises to not care so much about what people think. “When you’re in high school, the biggest thing is people liking you, being accepted, and having people think you’re awesome. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. On that regard, if you spend your whole life trying to please everybody and trying to make everybody like you, you’ll never get anywhere. You just have to make sure you like who you are, and then you’ll be happy.”

On Her Transition from College to the Real World:

Lexi continued to be extremely hard working throughout college. “I graduated college early. While I was in college, I was working part time, every other day, in my co-op, or my internship. So, when I graduated, I had an offer there, and I also applied for jobs in the city because I was interested in maybe moving to New York or Philadelphia right out of college. I ended up accepting a position in Philadelphia, which is where I am now.”

Where Lexi Is Now:

Lexi works in digital marketing in Philadelphia. She works as a SEO manager, helping websites and companies to rank in search results on Google. Lexi also runs a website, Her Track, with fifty female writers and marketers across the country.