From our friends at the Highline Alumni Association:
Michael Sewell graduated from Highline in 2009, then attended both Washington State University and the Art Institute of Seattle.
Michael studied Digital Media and Photography and now works as a Systems Engineer at Smartsheet, a software company in Bellevue.
Michael’s advice for current Pirates is this:
“If you plan on attending College, do not be afraid of going to community college right after high school to complete the general education credits. By doing so you will not only save a not-insignificant amount of money, but it will also give you time to figure out which field of study you want to get your degree in.
I know that there is a great emphasis on knowing what you want to do straight out of high school, but the reality is that it will more than likely change at least once during your college career.
Community college also allows you to determine is traditional college is right for you as traditional college is also not for everyone and that is okay.
Do not let people tell you that you will never become successful by not going to college as trade schools are a viable alternative. Skilled trades such as electricians and plumbers, while perhaps not the most glamorous careers, are good careers that will always be in demand so long as humanity is around.”
Thank you for your advice Michael! You make us #highlineproud