College education helps open doors
Occupation: Project manager, Southwest General Contractors
Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo High School; Texas A&M University.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
My degree in construction science allowed me the opportunities to intern and work for other construction firms before coming back to work in the family business.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
The times I did have challenges with certain courses, I took the time to meet with the professor and requested opportunities for extra credit; or took advantage of study sessions.
What is the value of your education?
I have been able to use my education in the career path of my choice to provide for my family.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
The short-term relief of not having to deal with homework and the challenges of finishing school is not worth the long-term challenges of not having a high school diploma.
When did you make education a priority?
Around my sophomore year in college I realized how important internship experience and good grades would be to get my foot in the door.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
After 9/11, the economy slowed down and the firm I worked for laid off the last two graduates they had hired, including me. When I was hired by the company that was my second choice coming out of college within two weeks of being laid off, I understood I had an opportunity that I probably would not have had without a degree in construction science.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I enjoyed my time in high school as well as college, and quitting never really crossed my mind.