Dan Auslander '21 MS – Hospitality was one of the three finalists in our 2019 Thankful Essay Contest. Here's how he answered the question, "Who has influenced your education/career?" Congratulations, Dan!
Education is incredibly important in this day and age. Without education, where would we be? So many jobs in the job market require at least a high school degree, whereas some require up to a masters’ degree, or even a Ph.D. Education is what fosters growth, both emotional and physical. Education is the gateway to knowledge, and it is surely something we don’t take advantage of while we are in school. It is not to be taken for granted because it shapes us as people and enhances our lives through tough life lessons. It is also the reason we are able to thrive.
There have been many people in my life who have had an influence on my education. However, the person who has been the most instrumental in my education is my mother. My mother is one of the most educated people I know. She and my father have always, since I was a child, instilled in my brother and I the value of education. She always encouraged me to study and do my best, as it would help prepare me for my future and to feel good about myself. If I did not get good grades, my mother would always be there to provide words of encouragement, just as her mother did. She did this, knowing that the grade did not reflect my true potential. She would always push me to do my best in order for me to be able to learn the materials of each class. It also would increase the likelihood of getting into a great college. In high school, I got by without really studying, unless I was absolutely stumped by the material. That being said, when I was stuck in a subject, mom urged me to work with a tutor. As a result, I was admitted early decision to Syracuse University. It was only then, after receiving my first D, and then my first F, that I was hit by the hard truth: I need to study!
Now, five years later, as I am in pursuit of my master’s degree in hospitality at the Johnson & Wales College of Online Education, the stakes are higher. I say this because the classes are more challenging, there is more homework, and the constant pressure I put on myself to perform. This way, I can get the best grades I possibly can and earn a supervisory or managerial position in a hotel and a salary. Mom always believed we should always strive to better ourselves and education is the way to do that.
Education is the foundation upon which we build our lives and broaden and expand our horizons. If my mother had not encouraged me to take my education seriously, there is no telling where in my life I would be. I certainly would not be the same person I am today. I can say without a doubt that I also would not have had the drive to better myself and learn as much as I can so I could succeed in life. I owe her my aptitude for my education, which is in my genes because of my mother. Thank you, mom!
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