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"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."

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