Grateful for Education and Opportunities

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Grateful for Education and Opportunities

The ActiveRain November Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge asks blogger members to submit a blog, each week of this month, about something for which we are thankful. I have never been the best student and am very thankful for the educational opportunities I have experienced.

My father's education was limited. My mother was a high school graduate. They expected me to become the the first college graduate in the family. When I was a kid, my father told people that I would become an attorney. I was able to gain a lot of practical experience in property management because my family owned rental properties and it was a daily experience to interface with tenants and property maintenance. I did a lot of grass cutting, learned how to use a paintbrush and learned about buying furniture and appliances for furnished rentals. Many of the residential tenants were in the military.

When I was in high school, I did not have a clue about the college application process. Fortunately, Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia had a Guidance Director, Mr. LeRoy Rose to advise me. He had attended the University of Virginia and suggested that I should apply for admission. 

I was accepted at UVA and struggled with some of the courses. The one that gave me the most difficulty was French. I was more interested in the business courses and decided to study for a degree in Finance. By going to summer school, I was able to obtain my Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in three years. 

Happily, I was admitted to the School of Law at UVA and was able to obtain a Juris Doctor degree. During during the fall of my third and final year of law school, I passed the examination to become a real estate broker, obtained multiple insurance licenses and passed the bar exam. Without any brokerage experience, I opened my first real estate and insurance office during the summer after finishing law school.

My degrees gave me a lot of confidence and credibility in my home community and I found that I had much to learn about running a business and training real estate agents. I will need to write another blog about continuing education that provided additional opportunities for me.


Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6895
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Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - confidence and credibility help cement an excellent foundation.   You have built upon both plus countless other factors in your business as well as everyday life.  

Nov 24, 2022 11:11 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Happy thanksgiving to you both! What feast are you cooking up today? At least the weather is beautiful

Nov 24, 2022 11:31 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Educational opportunities can lead to all sorts of wonderful things - thank you for your post!

Nov 25, 2022 05:11 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Education is a wonderful thing, I am glad that you had the right guidance for yours!

Nov 25, 2022 06:16 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I enjoyed reading your post and journey education is so valuable. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nov 25, 2022 08:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

HI Roy- I learn more about you each time you write a post such as this one. It sounds to me as if you were one who was prepared to take on opportunities that were presented to you and you worked hard in whatever you took on.. 

Nov 25, 2022 07:01 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Roy,

It is important to take on the educational opportunities available to us.

Happy Thanksgiving, I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful weekend celebrating gratitude.



Nov 25, 2022 09:53 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have often told my grandkids, that the most valuable asset a person can have is education.  I worked an an international software company for several years.  Some of my co-workers were refugees who arrived in America with only a few dollars in their pockets.  But, because they had good education they were able to pick up the pieces and thrive.

Nov 27, 2022 05:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Nov 27, 2022 05:57 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Nov 28, 2022 06:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 28, 2022 08:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Roy! I had no idea you went to UVA. I knew you were an attorney but, I didn't realize you went right into real estate from grad school. You are such an inspiration and I know your parents were so delighted and proud of you pursuing a higher level of education. 

Nov 28, 2022 11:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 29, 2022 02:55 PM