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Education allowed for fulfilling life, career

Kathy Rogers
Age: 57
Occupation: Regional sales manager for Technique Data Systems.

Where did you receive your education?
Texas Tech University and West Texas A&M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
It gives me knowledge and confidence to go after my dreams and goals in the workplace today.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I started college 39 years ago at Texas Tech. I went for two years, got married and started a family. Twenty-two years later, me, my husband and three children moved to Canyon with his job. I took the opportunity to finish at WT. With two of my children in college at the same time, we struggled financially, but we knew it had to be done. I received my bachelor's degree at the age of 43.

What is the value of your education?
My education changed the way I perceive myself and gave me the confidence to go into sales. For the past five years, I have been in the top 15 percent in the IFS (scanner) Division for Canon. I have won trips to Bermuda, Las Vegas, Orlando and cruises to Cozumel and Alaska.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Find your passion in life. Equip yourself with the necessary education and go after your dreams.

When did you make education a priority?
When my children needed to further their education - 40 years old.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I always felt it was important, but not until I felt the need for my children to get their education did I realize that I needed to do it for myself as well.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I quit in my early 20s. When I found it necessary to work, it did not take me long to realize that, without an education, I was stuck in jobs where I was not really happy. At the age of 40, I felt like quitting several times as well. The late-night studying was harder, and the money was needed for so many other things. WT gave me the opportunity to change my life and find a successful career and not just a paycheck. What kept me going was this thought: "How can I better my children if I was not willing to better myself?"

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