Nature Preserves to Get Lost InMy Dallas Story

Name: Maegan Trudgett

City: Arlington

Company/Title: Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications at Tenet Healthcare

When did you move here? From where?
I’ve lived in various cities within the Dallas Region my entire life.

Where else have you lived?
Grand Prairie, Dallas and Arlington

What made you Say Yes to Dallas?
I grew up here. I chose to stay in the area because Dallas provides a wide range of jobs in different industries — and you can experience the eventful city life and quiet family life within the same region.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I live in Arlington because it’s close to family, has great schools, safe neighborhoods, and tons of restaurants, shops and parks.

Has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
My opinion has always been consistent— it’s a wonderful place to live, develop a fulfilling career, and raise a family.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood.  What do you like best? What makes it different?
Arlington is fantastic. The Highlands has diverse restaurants and shops — all in the form of a strip mall. The University of Texas at Arlington is a wonderful school with art and fountains hidden throughout. Veterans Park and River Legacy Park provide an escape from the hustle and bustle — a quiet place where stress fades away and towering green foliage provides perpetual shade from the warm sun.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
If you love night life and busy city life — Dallas is your place. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, but still have unlimited entertainment options, choose Arlington.

What is your passion, and how does the Dallas Region help fulfill it?
Exploring nature is my passion. Arlington and Dallas provide beautiful nature preserves to get lost in. A fulfilling career is also my passion, and Tenet Healthcare’s corporate office in Downtown Dallas has surpassed my expectations.

Tell us about the work environment here.
As college graduation was nearing, I began searching for my career job. Dallas provided great choices, and I certainly made the right choice in Tenet Healthcare. I try to leave the office at least once a day and walk the streets of Downtown Dallas. There’s a Starbucks at every corner, and countless food trucks — the perfect way to get recharged for the rest of the work day!

Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off?
I love to “shop hop” in The Highlands or explore a nearby park. Fort Worth provides a classic and enchanting atmosphere with cobblestone streets and trees lined with tiny white lights. Lake Arlington is the perfect place to watch the sun set and feed the ducks.

Who is your local hero? Why?
Every police officer in the Dallas Region is my local hero. My personal experience is that they are very friendly.

How do you interact with your community?
Tenet Healthcare provides countless volunteer opportunities. Recently, Tenet volunteers cleaned more than 45,000 pounds of trash and weeds from Moore Park near Trinity River.

Do you travel often? Is it easier or harder to do here?
Super easy to travel. DFW Airport is a close drive from anywhere in the region.

Photo Credit: Chase Mardis