I was so fortunate (really - I was) to grow up with parents and family that I have (although if the 16 year-old could hear me now - she would like totally wretch). I was always a very "goal-oriented" student (i.e.driven). I wanted to do well and please others. (still do) But my parents were the ones that encouraged me and pushed me in the right direction. There was nothing that they didn't think I was capable of. I mean, I helped start the Computer Club in 3rd grade and still played sport.
Anyways, when it came to deciding, "What I want to be when I grow Up?" My parents pushed me in the direction of Engineering, due to my interest in computers and building things. So I came to NC State like many freshman in the College of Engineering. I'm not sure how I got lost in it all, but I did. Maybe I wasn't capable, maybe I wasn't interested, or maybe I just plain got lost. But I found myself in Education. I didn't intend to end up there, but somehow I discovered my (which I dare to say) talent of teaching.
It is hard to work on this campus and walk by so many memories on a daily basis of an institution that transformed me into what I am today. Yet, I don't regret where I started or where I ended up, nor do I wish I hadn't been pushed.
I truly feel blessed in many aspects of my life, and if I were to hazard a guess - I think I'm in the place I'm supposed to be. As others, including my brother, lose their way in the vastness of university life I hope I provide some solace in finding your way.