School taught director to think outside box
John P. Salazar Jr.
Occupation: Executive director of the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo College; West Texas A&M University. I will begin to pursue a master's in business administration this summer.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
The great opportunities that I have found would not have been possible without higher education. My education has also taught me to think out of the box and question everything and then analyze the results.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was following through on the commitment to complete my two degree programs. It actually took me nine years of dropping out and going back repeatedly to complete my associate degree and three years to complete my bachelor's degree while working full time.
What is the value of your education?
Your education is one of the only things that you cannot lose or that someone else can take away from you. I am living the example that many great things begin with education.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would advise it is never too late to go back to school. What do you have to lose?
When did you make education a priority?
I made education my priority once I realized that I could not get a satisfying career with just a high school diploma.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
Upon the completion of my bachelor's degree, it was very obvious to me that a lot of doors opened up during the initial interview processes that were not open before. I was able to be a little selective in the types of jobs I pursued and actually had some options while deciding what type of employment I wanted.