Degree improved quality of her life
Lulu Hall Cowan
Occupation: Special assistant to the president, Amarillo College.
Where did you receive your education?
West Texas A&M University; University of Texas at Arlington.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without a college degree, I would not have been qualified to pursue occupations in the mental health and education fields that interest me.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
For two years I commuted weekly from Amarillo to the University of Texas at Arlington to earn my master's degree in social work. Focus, determination, flexibility and organization were critical elements in that pursuit.
What is the value of your education?
Benefits include more money, greater employment options, better job security and improved quality of life. The college environment is a good place to learn, practice and polish skills that will last a lifetime.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Education expands your world, personally and professionally. It is worth the time, money and effort involved. Working at Amarillo College has given me the chance to see every day how education changes people's lives.
When did you make education a priority?
Education was always important to me but became a priority when I decided on a career that required a degree.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My parents valued education. They encouraged and expected school to be a priority.