Have you ever made a decision and realized at the time it was a pivotal point in your life?

When I was a sophomore in high school I was a straight C student. I looked around and thanks to my boyfriend who was a straight A student I recognized I needed to do something about it. It was a point in my life when I realized I “had” to go to college, I had no choice.

I went to each of my teachers and asked what I needed to do to get better grades. Each one gave me a list of things I could do and I immediately began my newly defined focus on my school work.

It wasn’t that I didn’t study, I just didn’t know how to study. But with special reports and extra reading assignments I was able to graduate high school with a 3.8 gpa. I was awarded three separate scholarships.

Once I got to the college I was given a choice to work in the bio lab or at the campus print shop. Biology was one of my least favorite classes so the print shop it was.

My boss there, Lamar Johnson, treated me with kindness and respect. He let me work flexible hours and in turn any time I would stay any time he had a deadline to make sure the job got done.

Lamar was one of my first mentors. I taught me how to enjoy what I was doing instead of just going through the motions.