Where Are They Now? - Forrest Huddleston

“GCISD taught me how to work hard for the things I want, but it also taught me how to be humble about the things I have.”

 
Forrest Huddleston, a 2010 Colleyville Heritage High School graduate and current business advisor at Ernst and Young, shared some of his high school memories and advice with Where Are They Now.

 

Tell me a little bit about your life after high school graduation. Did you go off to college (if so where) or did you go straight
into the working world? What are you doing currently?

“After high school graduation, I went to college at the University of Texas at Austin, where I got my Bachelors in Business

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Forrest Huddleston, CHHS Class of 2010
Administration and Masters in Professional Accounting. I now work as an auditor and business advisor at Ernst & Young, a multi-national accounting firm that specializes in audit, tax, and consulting practices.”

 

What was your favorite high school memory and why?

“My favorite high school memory was when our varsity football team made it 4 rounds deep into the playoffs in 2006, my freshman year. Attending games in the Cowboys' stadium was a new experience, and all of our friends traveled to every game together—we even traveled to Abilene to play Lubbock Monterey High School. Rallying behind our football team to get as far as we did is something I'll never forget.

 

Who was your favorite high school teacher and why?

“It's hard to say who my one favorite teacher was, because there were so many at CHHS that impacted me in such positive ways. However, I do remember being particularly influenced by my PALS instructor Lesa Bailey. Mrs. Bailey was an unbelievably kind woman who encouraged all of her students to be the best they could be. She pushed us to be involved in school activities, serve the community, and excel in school. Now, as an adult, I see the value in and appreciate every lesson she taught us.”

 

In high school, did you know what kind of career you wanted or what you wanted to study? Did your mind change anywhere along the way or did you stick to those plans?

“As a high school student, I was convinced I wanted to practice medicine. I began my college career as a business student who was taking pre-med courses, because my ultimate goal was to be a surgeon who ran his own practice. However, after a year and a half of taking accounting, finance, and pre-med courses, I knew I didn't want to spend 10 more years in school to practice medicine. I loved my business courses, so I rerouted my long-term career goal to work in business.”

 

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Huddleston and CHHS classmate
If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give your high school self?

“If I could go back in time, I would tell my high school self to break out of my bubble and challenge myself in bigger, broader ways than I did. I would recommend researching current events and culturing myself. It wasn't until I went to college at UT that I began to understand the world outside of high school sports and academics, which put me at a disadvantage compared to many of my peers. It is this type of knowledge that forces you to critically think and make decisions for yourself, which I had a hard time doing until recently.”

 

What advice would you give to a student preparing for college or the working world?

“The single most important piece of advice I have received on how to be successful is this: learn how to work with and care for all different types of people. No matter what profession you end up entering into, you will have to work with and lead people. Learn how to take an interest in your peers and those you lead—one of the marks of being a good leader is encouraging others to do things they don't want to do. Participate in group projects, because that is the closest simulation to real-life teaming as you can get in high school or college.”

 

What role did GCISD play in your success in the real world?

“GCISD taught me how to work hard for the things I want, but it also taught me how to be humble about the things I have. I was encouraged my entire life as a GCISD student, which played a very large role in the confidence I now have in myself.”