My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
6/10. I was an introvert in High school
Grades in high school
A's and B's.
I really didn't struggle with any subject, public speaking was really hard for me! But now I am able to give presentations.
Didn't do any extracurricular activities.
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
I started San Jose State, but got a chance to go to South America. That was the beginning of my passion for travel, learning different languages and cultures
Places lived in US
Arkansas, California, North Carolina
Places lived outside the US
Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Current occupations / past occupations
Right now I live in Arkansas on a 200 acre ranch, my husband and I raise Black Angus and goats. I am an avid Birder
Industries I've worked in
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
- Retail Trade
Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
No and yes. I feel I got an excellent education at [high school name omitted], and that helped me with my life, but I was sheltered growing up and learned so very much when I saw the world.
Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
Yes, some things were unplanned and I flowed with life. Marriage,children, divorce, moving, all those things changed my life. They just opened new chapters.
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
being happy with where you are in your life. Being able to look back at my life and be satisfied with what I've done, and looking forward to the next chapters of my life.
My definition of success has changed over time.
Having a good income is nice, but labels and things have never given me a fulfilled feeling. My actions have.
My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
Seeing the world, and living in the different places. That has opened my eyes and I have met many wonderful people. Also my 2 children!
My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
Sometimes I speak before I think. I learned to listen more
An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
The first time I experienced real poverty. I was 19 and traveling through Brazil in the 1970's and I saw, smelled and experienced real poverty. I realized how lucky I was.
Anything else you'd like to share that we didn't ask?
I feel very strongly about our Earth. This is an amazing world and we need to take care of it and all of its wonderful life.
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