Why go to graduate School
During my adolescent years in rural Alabama the thought of going to graduate school never crossed my mind, how could it, the only thing that was on my mind was football. So for the next several years the idea of playing college football consumed my every thought. It wasn’t until February 5th 1992 at the age of 18 that my dream was quickly becoming reality. I was about to announce to the whole state of Alabama, via sports news conference, the name of the University I was choosing to attend, or should I say the University I was going to attend in order to play football. To this point in my life football had become a marker for success. It was my perception that people seemed to judge you on how well you excelled in sports. Needless to say I was very fortunate in having received scholarship offers to several large universities. It was on that day in February that I made my decision to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. This would be a major turning point in my life.
It wasn’t until I my second year of undergraduate studies that my thought process and priorities began to change. More and more Football slowly took second place behind education. Although I continued to excel in my athletic venue, I found myself intrigued by the learning process and was becoming more interested in my academic accomplishments. It wasn’t long before graduation was just around the corner and having obtained a 3.3 GPA, it would be an understatement to say I was proud. After graduation in 1997 and a failed attempt at the NFL I somehow felt incomplete o I went to work for a steel company in Birmingham, Alabama. The income wasn’t great but it enabled me to gain experience in a field that I quickly realized was compatible with my future career goals.
In December 2001, I left Hanna Steel Corporation to go to work for Lamson and Sessions Co. a leading PVC pipe manufacturer located in Woodland , CA, where I accepted a position as Human Resources Manager.