PR director says 'knowledge is power'
Occupation: Public relations/development director, High Plains Food Bank.
Where did you receive your education?
West Texas A&M University.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
I always find myself relying on areas of my education I never thought I would use. Education helped me find my dream occupation.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Rushing through my daily educational activities. I would try to beat the clock instead of focusing on quality. I learned that taking my time and enjoying what areas I excelled in allowed me to focus more on the quality of my work.
What is the value of your education?
The skills and knowledge you can learn by continuing education will allow you to succeed in almost every area of your life. The old adage "knowledge is power" is certainly true.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
You will see the return on your investment through education. The knowledge will always be with you, and you never know when something you never wanted to learn will help you down the road.
When did you make education a priority?
My parents made education tops in my life from the start. By reading to me when I was a toddler, my parents birthed in me a desire to read, learn and advance my knowledge.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
In junior high school, we had a guest speaker who graduated from my hometown tell us his success story. He said the subjects he struggled with ended up being his greatest strengths. After that, I realized that even in my worst subjects that I could succeed. Today, the subjects I struggled with in school are now my biggest allies.
Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
There were times that I wanted to stop working hard and settle for the status quo. I found putting forth an average effort would only net me an average result. I knew I could do better and wanted more. This is what always helped me to get back on track.