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.
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Photograph by Roy Kelley
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