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Financier didn't want just any job
Julio Tudon
Age: 26
Occupation: Merrill Lynch financial adviser

Where did you receive your education?
Booker High School; BBA and MBA from West Texas A & M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has played a key role in my life because of the opportunities given to me by my degrees. Thanks to my education, I am where I want to be and I have a sense of control for my career.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Being told that higher education was not for me, and I would not succeed. I challenged myself to not only prove others wrong, but prove to myself that I was capable of furthering my education. I never gave up on my dreams.

What is the value of your education?
There is not a price tag I can place on my education. Knowledge is valuable. Educational knowledge has added value to my life as an individual and as a professional.

What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
I would tell them the advantages of continuing education and the disadvantages of choosing not to continue. I would share with them the great opportunities given to individuals who pursue a higher education, and the chance given to them to make a great investment on their future.

When did you make education a priority?
I made education a priority when I realized that I did not want to settle for just any job. I wanted a career, and I wanted to be successful in my career. I knew to be able to obtain this, I had to keep my competitive edge and continue to learn day in and day out.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I have spoken to many individuals who, for one reason or another, did not have the opportunity to be educated but wish they had. Those conversations made me realize that education is important, and that I should take full advantage of the opportunity that others may not have.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Yes; my family, who believed in me, and the individuals who stood by me and wanted me to succeed kept me going. Also, the doubters still stayed in the back of my head, and I did not want them to be right.

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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