I speak to so many students and alumni who tell me their stories about how education has changed their life and for many how they are first in their family to begin a legacy of education.
One such student is Trevor Johnston, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in occupational safety and health from CSU. I had the privilege of speaking with him for a few minutes the other day, and honestly, I was very inspired by his enthusiasm and passion he has for education.
He grew up with parents who both were high school dropouts. He also lost his mother at the age of 14 and his father some years later. He mentioned he was the first in the family on his father’s side to attend college and to receive his degree.
“I was stuck in my career and I wanted to advance, so I turned to education to fulfill my dreams,” Trevor said.
His education with CSU landed him a job as an environmental health and safety coordinator for Dish Network. Trevor and his wife have three children who all understand the value of education. His wife has a master’s degree, too, so the legacy of education will be instilled in their children.
Trevor explained that education is a must for his kids and that he will pay for their education to help them get started on their journey.
I would love to hear from you if you are like Trevor — the first in the family to either be working towards a degree or be a college graduate. Tell me your story in the comment section below and what it means to you to be the first to start the legacy of education in your family.
Pictured above: CSU graduate Trevor Johnston poses with his children. He was the first to earn a college degree in his family.