Education sculpts solid foundation
Occupation: President of the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Where did you receive your education?
River Road High School; College: BBA from West Texas A & M University; working on MBA at WT. Also, Executive Education Program at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
High school was great for laying a foundation to grow on. My bachelor's studies helped to formulate ideas and grow confidence. My MBA is helping me establish myself. The executive program has helped me to experience other people's ideas and thought processes.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My primary challenge was taking what was perceived to be useless information and becoming mentally able to apply the materials to real life situations. The most difficult aspect was to learn how a field of study that had no apparent use in what I wanted to do could enable me to evolve into a more capable person.
What is the value of your education?
I think that my education is priceless, and maybe that is why I have paid so much for it. But I know that I will recover everything I have spent and more. What makes it priceless is that the more I learn, the more I find to learn.
What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing their education?
What is it going to hurt to go ahead and get a diploma or a degree? While you are completing the task, you are going to learn a lot about yourself and the world around you.
When did you make education a priority?
Education became a priority about my sophomore year in college. That was when I quit taking it for granted. I thought about quitting and "proving myself to the world," but after some consideration I realized proving yourself is necessary no matter what and getting my education part of that process.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
Education was something that our mother instilled in us. It was never, "Are you going to college?" It was, "When you go to college you need to ..."
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
My competitive nature would not let me quit. When I considered quitting I began to view myself differently, that is, in a negative way. So I kept going and have seen many successes since.