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Perseverance a priority

Counselor: If you start something, finish it

Jan Beard
Age: 39
Occupation: School counselor.

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

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education is everything to me. Each of the different college and university programs has shaped who I am and offered many opportunities I would not have otherwise had.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge has been financial. The doctoral program has been extremely expensive and a huge burden on my family. The scholarships are very limited at this level and/or very small. Although this will continue to be a challenge, I have to look to the future and plan accordingly.

What is the value of your education?
Typically, more education means greater security and increased employment options. It has broadened my perspective, acquaintances and friends and opened new avenues I would have not otherwise considered.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Perseverance, determination and a never-give-up attitude is my motto. There will always be obstacles, whether financial, employment, children or family, but I know that overcoming those obstacles is rewarding and opens many doors for your future.

When did you make education a priority?
Midway through my bachelor program, I realized the value and opportunity I had before me. I was captivated and thoroughly enjoyed school. My educational priority became to complete the master's program and continue with the doctoral process.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I began to see doors open and opportunities to advance with each degree.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I think we all have a moment where quitting is something you think about. I believe if you start something, you should finish it. My family keeps me going, as well as a passion that I have for education. Some say that I like to collect degrees, but it is so much more than that. I don't believe that you should ever give up.

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