Best Of: AlumNow: W.T. White alum making it in Hollywood

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Christina Linehan, who graduated W.T. White High School in 2006, is a talented and creative actress and writer who found success rather quickly in L.A. landing a number of national commercials. Today, she is honing her craft and living her passion as a writer, actress and performer.

AlumNow, The Hub feature that profiles district alumni, caught up with Linehan after her appearance in the nationally televised “Grease Live!” for some sound advice to students encouraging them to create a reputation in which they can be proud.

What are you doing now?

I’m an actress.

Briefly list a few of your career and/or personal highlights.

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a double major in Communication & Media studies and Acting & Directing studies
  • Appeared in Grease Live!, Conan, Spike TV, SyFy, and more

What was your favorite subject or activity/involvement in high school?

One of my favorite involvements in high school was in an elective class, DECA. I was put in the class by happenstance, as it fit well into my schedule. Little did I know DECA would teach me many real life skills in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management, and more. I went on to win first place in entrepreneurial and marketing competitions which came with real cash prizes and life lessons I still use today!

Who was your favorite teacher?

Many teachers at W.T. White had an impact on me, but there are a few that stand out. Mrs. Maggard was not only a phenomenal Spanish teacher, but also a friend and motherly figure to myself and all of her students. Mr. Wilson, my math teacher, and Mr. T (Tjachyadi), my science teacher, went out of their way to provide their students with the tools and information we needed to understand and succeed in their subjects. Their extra efforts went a long way and still aren’t forgotten.

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” High school can be an especially tough time, but the truth is that life isn’t easy either. Learning early to be kind and respectful to everyone you interact with, from your teachers to your peers to your rivals, is incredibly important. Your presence and the way people perceive you are directly related to the way you treat others, being kind will have a huge impact on your success.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

The best advice I can offer to high school students is to start working towards your goals now. Take advantage of every opportunity you are offered and learn how to make opportunities for yourself. Create a reputation you are proud of because it will follow you. Learn everything you can, there is nothing sexier than knowledge!

College/University and degree earned:

Double major in Communication & Media studies and Acting & Directing studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, 2010

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