Curator took lumps freshman year
Occupation: Assistant curator of education, Amarillo Museum of Art
Where did you receive your education?
University of Colorado; Dallas Museum of Art internship program.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without it I would not have discovered my love for the arts or have the motivation to teach and spread my love for them.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My freshman year of college. Being in a new place, alone, not knowing anyone and then learning how to allow yourself to grow mentally and emotionally, while learning who you are; your values, beliefs, priorities, friends, and questioning everything your parents taught you and holding down a job - I'm surprised I made it out alive!
What is the value of your education?
Priceless. My student loans, however, are not, but they are worth it.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would quote Paulo Freire, a theorist of education: "Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
When did you make education a priority?
In high school after I realized it was a privilege and not a chore.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I think I realize the importance of it every day. I am constantly meeting and working with new people and my education has given me the opportunity to go into any situation and be confident.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Sure. Who hasn't? But when you can see your goals and all the opportunities and resources out there for you, why would you ever quit? Nothing is worth it unless you work for it.