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Attorney valued education from day 1

Sally Holt Emerson
Age: 54
Occupation: Attorney, Underwood Law Firm

Where did you receive your education?
B.A. in Spanish, Texas Tech University; Texas Tech School of Law.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My Spanish degree and my law degree have interplayed well. When I first started practicing law, I would occasionally have a Spanish-speaking client, but today, fairly consistently, I have clients who prefer to speak Spanish.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My first year of law school was a killer. It took me that year to change my way of thinking. After that, I had a clearer understanding of how to be a successful law student.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Decide now to complete it. It is my firm belief that it is very difficult to continue it later if a person stops midstream.

When did you make education a priority?
On my first day in school in the first grade. My parents insisted that school was to come first above all else, and they instilled that attitude in me. Fortunately, that lesson served me well in college and law school.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
When I started representing people who were not as well educated I could see how limited their employment opportunities and chances for advancement were. I have seldom felt any of these limitations because of the education I received.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
A couple of times during that first year of law school I became very discouraged. School had always been easy and interesting for me, and I was not immediately successful in law school. I never thought about quitting, because I have never quit anything without giving it my all, but there were times when I wondered if I was in the right place.

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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