"Choosing your priorities"
I was inspired my first year teaching in the graduate program when a student celebrated a milestone she reached as she finished her last class in my course.
She came in that evening, all smiles, and told the class she reached her dream: she bought and slept the prior night on her very first bed. It was a Queen Size bed with a plush pillow top. She had finally paid her tuition in full and did not have any more textbooks to buy, so her gift was a bed.
She was 28 years old - one of nine children - and her bed throughout her life was a blanket on the floor in the corner of the living room. She never told anyone at CLU (all 7 years of undergrad and grad school) she was determined to be the 1st generation grad in her family. She needed books, not a bed to get her through. When the class reacted with astonishment she said:
"It's all a matter of choosing your priorities."
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
They loved their jobs and provided a high level of service to others.
She ended up being one of my best student workers and would tell all students who got homesick of her adventure here.
I remember a picnic under the trees by the library.
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