Commitment to education pays off
Occupation: Children's Miracle Network coordinator
Where did you receive your education?
Martin High School in Arlington; West Texas A&M University.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
It provided the doorway to a world full of knowledge. Life is full of things we may not understand or even be aware of. Education gives the edge to learn about the unknown and the ability to try new things.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
History was never my strong point, it just seemed to be dates and places. However, I now realize history is more. As others have said, if we do not learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat mistakes.
What is the value of your education?
Education cannot be taken away from you. Education is something that does not stop at the door, learning continues to happen each and every day.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would say go for it. Continuing your education is just not about tests and homework, but instead education allows you to see who and what you can do and want to become.
When did you make education a priority?
Education was a priority in my family, so it has been there my entire life.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My mom. I never felt as smart as my brother or sister because of our individual strengths and differences. My mom emphasized that I should focus on the areas I liked and excelled. I learned each individual learns at a different pace or method. Those differences also gave me strength and courage to try new or difficult opportunities.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Quitting was never an option, although sometimes I got frustrated, discouraged and even fed up with situations.