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Allan Steer – A lesson in determination

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Allan Steer – A lesson in determination

While I served in the military

I’d find myself getting out of the truck and leaning against a tire, opening up my book, and reading some of the excerpts from the chapters that I was assigned for the week or two.

I use that in my classroom today as a teacher because the students that I have, they expect more from me than just someone who gives a lesson.

I tell them that if I can sit against a Humvee tire in the Middle East, and I can do my homework

Success is possible. All you’ve got to do is try.

Try harder.

Feb 07, 2019 • 0min 39sec

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Time is precious – So is your education

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Time is precious – So is your education

Time management is huge.
Time management is a biggie. Time management is huge.
Time management is a biggie.
I wish there were more hours in the day. Time management is a biggie.
I wish there were more hours in the day.
The time management, which, when I finished up school a couple years ago was the biggest thing that was tough.
Dealing with the scheduling of working or me playing.
I was getting overwhelmed that how am I gonna read all these textbooks.
Working a full-time job, being a father
managing all the responsibilities and commitments that I have is difficult
but it definitely showed me of what I was capable of doing when I put my mind to it.
It definitely got better. The first class was probably the toughest one.
Yeah.
I was like how am I ever gonna do this for two years?
Then the next one was a little bit easier and a little bit easier.
Yeah.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Take it week by week.
That was a great thing that attracted me to University of Phoenix, was it’s on my schedule.
My teammates are like hey, who is this guy?
He’s always on the plane, on his laptop, or he’s on his iPad. You don’t ever wanna stop learning.
Right.

Dec 07, 2018 • 0min 54sec

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Lara Hoover – Opening Doors

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Lara Hoover – Opening Doors

What would you say is your biggest challenge that you’ve encountered?
There’s times it’s been a little rough.
I was finding there were a couple of opportunities that were limiting because they required a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
Now everything’s online, and that was overwhelming for me.
That was really overwhelming concept.
Everybody has been so exceptional, doing everything they could
to help me understand the process, going back 20 plus years later, as an adult learner.
Yeah.
I’m gonna be right back.
Okay, no problem.
Hi Lara.
Hi.
How are you?
Oh my gosh. Hi.
Surprise.
Yeah. Oh my gosh.
I was thinking, listening to what you’re talking about, overcoming some of those obstacles
and not on the same level, but in the baseball world, it’s like don’t focus on the strike-out
don’t focus on that mistake, and really focus on, as you’ve talked about, all the successes.
I mean that community there, we’re all in it together, taking those classes.
You have the team, and you’re always working together.
I’m glad you’re doing so well.

Oct 18, 2018 • 1min 5sec

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Kim Avila – A Balancing Act

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Kim Avila – A Balancing Act

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’ve always wanted to get my degree.
It’s just something that I wanna get that I never finished when I’m younger.
It’s hard when you’re working a full-time job, and then you’re still a mom. You’re still a wife.
I wish there were more hours in the day.
My son is now also in college.
If we keep going at this rate, we’ll be graduating at the same time.
That’s my driving factor.
Yeah, I’m gonna step away for a minute.
Okay.
I’ll be right back, though.
Kim, how are you?
Oh my god.
How you doing?
Oh my god.
So good to see you.
My goodness, I’m gonna cry.
Please sit down, sit down.
I been sitting backstage, listening to the interview. It was really impressive.
Like you for your son, with my sons, it’s important to show them a good example
and that education is important. Something you can take a lifetime with you.
You got a lot of charisma, intelligent, don’t be discouraged with any obstacles that come your way.
The future’s extremely bright for you.

Oct 10, 2018 • 1min 2sec

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Christian Vitale – Overcoming Obstacles

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Christian Vitale – Overcoming Obstacles

What would you say is your biggest challenge that you’ve encountered?

I have several learning disabilities. I have two full-time jobs and a part-time.

Up at 3:00 in the morning. Every break I get, I’m doing homework.

Then, by 10:00 I’m in bed and starting the day all over again.

I started coaching junior college football.

I’m trying to use my platform as a college coach to impact more people with learning disabilities.

Christian, how are you, man?

How you doing? So good to see you, man.

Larry, hi.

You doing okay?

I was sitting back, listening to your interview, man.

You’re truly inspiring.

I can’t tell you how important my coaches were to me.

Having positive role models like yourself around us, it really is special.

You keep fighting and you keep that good work up, cuz I believe in you.

Oct 04, 2018 • 0min 57sec

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Surprise Motivators – University of Phoenix

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Surprise Motivators – University of Phoenix

Hi.
Hi, how are you?
I’m Brandon.
Hi, Brandon, nice to meet you, I’m Laura.
Nice to meet you. Go ahead and sit down.
I appreciate you coming here today to share your story a little bit with us.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m getting my degree in criminal justice administration.
I wanna start a company with my brother.
I’ve always wanted to get my degree. It’s just something that I wanna get that I never finished when I was younger.
I had the experience, but it was the degree that was limiting me.
What would you say is your biggest challenge that you’ve encountered?
The beginning of the journey was very difficult.
I have several learning disabilities.
Well, I have a full-time job and a part-time job.
Then you’re still a mom. You’re still a wife.
Taking care of them. Making sure the dog’s fed. Making sure everybody has food.
I think you doubt yourself all the time.
I wish there were more hours in the day.
I just want something to show to my kids that the sky’s the limit.
I want my son to see that.
Want him to know whatever there is in life that he wants to do, he can accomplish.
I’ll be right back.
Am I talking too much?
How you doing?
Oh my god.
Oh my gosh.
Surprise.
Hi, yeah. Oh my god.
You played last night.
Yes, I did.
And you’re here today.
Good to see you, man.
Larry, hi.
You doing well?
Oh my goodness, I’m gonna cry.
Can I sit down?
Oh my god. Yes. Yes, you can sit down.
Man, you’re inspiring me back there.
You inspire me, don’t even. No, no.
I’m so happy you’re doing what you’re doing, and your resolve. Never give up. Never quit. Never relinquish.
You reminded me that the bigger picture is where you have to keep your focus.
Don’t ever lose that mentality. You have every excuse not to work.
Just encourage you to keep going.
I’m a little shaky now, my goodness.
Can I hug you?
Absolutely.
I’m glad you’re doing so well.
Don’t be discouraged with any obstacles that come your way. Education is one thing that nobody can ever take from you.

Sep 14, 2018 • 2min 7sec