Long commute pays off
Education lets director help others
Occupation: Development director for The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center
Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo High School; Southwest Texas State University; University of Hawaii.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
The knowledge, friendships and life lessons I gained from expanding my world through education opened doors of opportunity and windows of enlightenment.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I married before graduating college. When my husband accepted a position in another city, I commuted 120 miles to complete the 18 hours remaining to earn my degree.
What is the value of your education?
Obtaining a college degree offered me the opportunity to pursue a career path that appealed to my interest. Knowing that I am helping soothes my soul and gives me a true sense of purpose in life.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Educating yourself gives you the ability to change the circumstances of your life. I've seen so many women marry young and forgo their education to wake up one morning alone.
When did you make education a priority?
My parents receive all credit for my appreciation of learning and drive to achieve in life.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
For me, personally, it was the independence and freedom it provided. I didn't have to stay in a bad relationship or work in an unfulfilling job. I had a choice. Education empowers you to make choices that enrich your life.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
No, never. I love learning and continue to seek out opportunities to improve myself and broaden my knowledge. Albert Einstein had it right when he said, "The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. The more I realize I don't know, the more I want to learn."