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Enjoyment found through education

Cody Hamilton
Age: 26
Occupation: Public relations coordinator, Amarillo Habitat for Humanity

Where did you receive your education?
Attending Amarillo College, pursuing a degree in marketing.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education is one of the primary focuses of my life today. Education has given me the opportunity to find out what it is I truly enjoy, and it gives me the opportunity to improve myself in those areas.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge was committing to going back to school. It was hard to go back after taking time off. Today I struggle with finding the balance between work, school and my personal life.

What is the value of your education?
Furthering my education and pursuing a degree is something I can do to improve my life. With an education comes more and different job opportunities, and I am excited to see what the future may hold for me.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would definitely recommend continuing your education, in whatever capacity. By not doing so, you will limit yourself on opportunities for advancement in the future and personal fulfillment.

When did you make education a priority?
Education became a priority to me fairly recently. I started college right after high school, but I wasn't ready. I had to have some time to be young and have fun. I needed the opportunity to grow and discover who I was and what I really wanted out of life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My job actually made me realize how important education is. I saw an amazing opportunity in front of me, but I didn't have the skills or knowledge to reach my goals. Education is the means for me to acquire both.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I did quit going for several years, but I finally realized that my life wasn't going to improve professionally unless I took the initiative to change it.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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