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Technician turns work into fun
Occupation: Computer technician, MoJo's Computer Co.
Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo and Randall high schools; Amarillo College.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without it, I would be at some job I hated with people who would eventually make me mad. I have to learn all the time for what I do. Every day is on-the-job training.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Attention-deficit disorder. I read a lot, but in small clips. Otherwise, I have to read, then reread, then reread long paragraphs or books. I don't read fiction, but I do love to learn new things.
What is the value of your education?
Priceless. I can go anywhere, U.S. or abroad, and can easily find work and be a benefit to a community. What others see as work, I see as fun.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Don't stop your education. I taught a computer class at Amarillo College for seniors returning to work, and they really struggled. You should try or learn something new on your computer at least once a month. It gives you a month to complete and conquer whatever your goal was, and by the end of it, you're a smarter person.
When did you make education a priority?
I guess my mid-20s. I hated the job I had, and I reached a turning point in my life. I quit my job, started studying, and started trying to make a living working in the computer world. My education has never stopped since.
What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I figure you work for a third to half of your life; above all, enjoy what you do.
Did you ever think about quitting, What made you keep going?
I had a hard time in the beginning. A lot of personal problems mounted, and I was broke.
I was homeless for awhile, but I was as a kid, too. We lived in the old ''Best'' building parking lot on 45th Avenue and Western Street when I was 9.
I remember we had Christmas in the car that year. I knew I was at rock bottom again in my 20s, but I never stopped. I've gotten to do really cool things, and go places most people don't get to, just because of a passion. I love what I do and I love my life, and thank the Lord for it.
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