Parents encouraged marketing director
Occupation: Director of marketing and development, Lone Star Ballet
Where did you receive your education?
University of Oklahoma.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
As a young dancer, my skill and the structure of the art determined my life plan and defined my character. My parents always encouraged me to pursue my education and knew it would pay off in the long run. The key is to find a degree that truly interests you and make it fit into your life plan.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I found a way to incorporate my performing aspirations with a good education. A little research showed me the path to take and I would not change a thing today.
What is the value of your education?
It enhances your potential, values and future. Going to work every day doing what you love and being respected for the knowledge you acquired in college and beyond is rewarding beyond measure.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Do it! It isn't necessarily the subject of the degree that matters, it's just that you get one. In today's competitive business world a degree is pivotal to life successes.
When did you make education a priority?
As a performer, it would have been easy to work in the entertainment business. Do you realize how many starving artists are still working and waiting for that big break? In the meantime, those with degrees are making a difference and doing something of value.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I think a college education comes along at just the right time in a young person's life and prepares them for bigger and better things.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I never even considered quitting or slowing down once I graduated from high school.