Yesterday, we mentioned that Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Jr. – University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) Dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA) – spoke to our homeschool group about the importance of education, the advantages and disadvantages homeschoolers face in the collegiate world, and gave first-hand examples of homeschoolers taking the world by storm.
One of the three talented, homeschooled, young women that Dr. Ozuna mentioned just happened to be the daughter of the owner of the horse farm we were visiting. Nacole Ricks (in the blue shirt) is now in her third semester of college and is actually the Program Assistant at the UTPA COBA!
Nacole woke up one morning and told her mother she was going to graduate in one year, not two. Then she started to consistently put in 80 hour weeks to reach her goal. She didn’t let anything slide while doing it either!
Nacole was already volunteering and networking by the time she was 14.
In addition to upping her study time, she was still working on her mother’s horse farm, active in 4H, participating in community events, attending town hall meetings, volunteering with our local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a few other things. It was a lot to take on but she was determined and networked her way into the hearts of those she worked with.
As soon as she met her goal of early graduation, she decided her next goal would be a 4.0. She did it and she has kept it so far. She credits the opportunity to work with Dr. Ozuna to networking.
The biggest takeaway from our time with Dr. Ozuna and Nacole is to have a goal, prioritize, network, and put the work in.
Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™
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