Welcome to the discussion group, Crystle.
If you were observing during mid-evening, the star you saw in the east is almost certainly the planet Jupiter. After the Sun, Moon and Venus, it is usually the brightest celestial object in the sky. Venus is currently seen in the southwest after sunset as John notes. With a telescope or perhaps binoculars, you should be able to see the four great Galilean satellites that orbit Jupiter.
For my charts and description of the current apparition of Jupiter and its satellites, go to www.CurtRenz.com/jupiter