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Teachings 'used at least once in my life'

Karie Crowley
Age: 32
Occupation: Receptionist, Western Builders of Amarillo Inc.

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

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Everything I learned in school has been used at least once in my life. Education is a must. Even if you don't go to college, finish high school. You will utilize everything you have learned.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Graduating. School has never really been my thing. I am a creative and social person and would much rather have been creating something or socializing than sticking my head in a book and studying. School was never easy for me. It seemed to always take me just a little bit longer to "get it."

What is the value of your education?
Education is priceless. It's something that you will use the rest of your life. That degree hanging on my wall is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, and nobody can ever take my education or my degree away from me. I am proud of myself every time I look at it.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I think that everyone at some time wonders if they are doing the right thing. I would tell them that I have met some people who wished that they would have continued their education but never got the chance to do so. But I have never met anyone who wished they didn't get as much education as they have.

When did you make education a priority?
Probably sometime in high school, when I figured out I needed to have good grades to get in college.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My dad. He has always stressed to me and my siblings how important finishing school and then going on to college is in order to get a good job. When I started looking for jobs, I noticed some jobs required a degree, and I was happy I had one.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Of course. Who doesn't? It gets frustrating at times. I knew how proud it would make my dad for me to graduate from college, and I also knew how important it was for me to finish college and have a degree so I could get a good job.

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