Education began path to profession
CPA calls degree 'critical' for job
Occupation: Certified public accountant
Where did you receive your education?
High School: Carrollton Newman Smith (Dallas). College: West Texas A&M University
How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education has been critical in my career. I would not have been able to start my career without my bachelor's degree, as it opened the doors to my profession. My advancement within my career would not have been possible without the education I gained in obtaining my CPA.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge would have to be earning my master's degree. I had to take night classes since I was working full time during the day. It was definitely a grind, but with the support of my employer, classmates, and professors I was able to complete my master's in a year and a half, plus lots of caffeine and sunflower seeds.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Your education will help open doors, give you choices in your career, help provide for a good quality of life, and give you the confidence to achieve anything. I would highly encourage someone that is undecided to continue to persevere, because in the long run your education will pay off.
When did you make education a priority?
My parents always instilled a high priority in my education and made sure that I would attend college. They made sure I had completed all my school work before I could go out and play or participate in sports. Thus, education has always been a priority, and I strive to instill the same principles in my son, Taylan.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
Unfortunately, neither one of my parents had the opportunity to attend college. I know they struggled to break barriers in their professions because they lacked degrees. I wanted to take their work ethic and apply it to my education so I would not be faced with the same barriers.