Author shares her own story with NHS students

Author shares her own story with NHS students
Posted on 02/25/2020
Author shares her own story with NHS students

Drawing on her own experience of growing up surrounded by less than desirable conditions, Kimberly Mathis shared her thoughts on life as a teen with female students at Nacogdoches High School.

Mathis outlined many of the things that can choke off advancement for young women in today’s society – she called them “weeds” – then talked about ways to move past the distractions and stumbling blocks.

“When you’re under pressure, do you perform and do your best or do you conform to the obstacles in your way?” she asked students on Friday in the NHS auditorium.

Mathis visited with freshmen and sophomores first then met later with juniors and seniors.

“Mrs. Mathis had a powerful message for our students,” said NHS Principal Dr. Rom Crespo. “She emphasized the importance of reaching out for help and not letting life’s obstacles stop you from achieving your goals and believing in yourself.

“We are very grateful for her message and willingness to come out and talk to our students. The faculty and staff at NHS are dedicated to providing opportunities for our students to be empowered to succeed and to understand we always want the best for all of them.”

The Dallas native is the author of “Dope Girl: A Story of Addiction. A Mother’s Struggle and the Baby Girl She Left Behind.” Mathis’ mother was addicted to crack cocaine, and on Friday the author described what it was like growing up in those surroundings.

Mathis also emphasized the importance of students, in spite of the circumstances surrounding them, making their own, best choices.

“It’s all about making choices and what you do with those choices,” she said.

Mathis also urged students to avoid needlessly placing themselves in a situation to fail. “Don’t ever put yourself in a situation where you make a permanent decision based on temporary circumstances.”

Mathis owns and operates her own income tax preparation service and with her husband, 10-year NFL veteran Kevin Mathis, oversees the Kevin Mathis Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on youth empowerment and providing support for families affected by drug addiction.

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