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Realtor lives 'wonderful' lifestyle
Paul Sintas aka Pablo
Age: 47 and loving it!
Occupation: Office Director/ Realtor GRI - French and Co., Realtors

Where did you receive your education?

High School: Texline Independent Schools College: Texas State Technical Institute and Amarillo College Other: From many mentors, friends and family through the years.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

My education has enabled me a wonderful lifestyle, which allows me to have ample time to spend with my family and friends, travel where and when I want and to be able to afford it.

What is the value of your education?

Priceless! In fact, I continue my education throughout the year, not only to fulfill the requirements of The Texas Real Estate Commission, but to improve my knowledge and perhaps hone my professional skills.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

I would begin by initiating a "1 to 1" conversation with that person. I feel that most people are really very open-minded when you have a private discussion as opposed to dictating or preaching to them. I would end that discussion by disclosing my disappointment in myself for having wasted so much time after high school.

When did you make education a priority?

At 27 years old, I enrolled at Amarillo College to take the necessary courses to obtain my real estate license. I continued my full time job as a waiter and bartender and was able to get an "A" in every course. During this time, I discovered that I was not allergic to learning!

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

When I realized the fact, that in order to obtain the type of lifestyle that I was craving, would forever be out of my reach without an education.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

Once I made up my mind about continuing my education, I have not looked back, due to the fact that I now recognized my potential. Continuing education gives you a certain pride in yourself, a certain confidence, that one probably only understands after having achieved or complete an educational goal! Quitters never win!

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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