Reichert Races Through College

UT Tyler junior Maegan Reichert has a little part-time job on the weekends to help pay for school. And it's bringing home a pretty good little nest egg.

"I haven't calculated the total," Reichert admits, "but this last year I won about $111,000."

Twenty-one year-old Reichert competes on the Professional Women's Barrel Racing circuit, bringing home the big bucks in the sport she's been a part of her whole life.

"I've been going pro since I was 18, and I've been riding since I was 5."

The schedule keeps her busy. With trips as far away as Canada, there's just not time for the things most college students go through.

"When I get to have a girl's night," Reichert said, "I really like that time since I don't get a lot of it, but I'm making a living and doing well at it. I'm missing out on a lot of college stuff, but who really has to go through all that anyway?"

It is tough to juggle both things, but Maegan's side job is paying her way through college, and then some.

"Weekends I'm either flying or driving somewhere," Reichert said. "It's hard, you really have to juggle your time and use your time wisely to study."

Maegen knows her hard work will make sure she's taken care of when she finally decides to ride off into the sunset.

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