Years ago, when I was in your time of life, I was told that because of my modest upbringing that I could never pass the entrance exams for higher education. Yet, I turned into the storm. I studied nights and weekends to make it happen. When they said I would never pass the 13 interviews required to be appointed for an assignment in the West Wing, I turned into the storm and prepared for two years to make it happen. In each case and in many others through my life, I faced adversity and a wall of skepticism where I didn’t just roll over, but like a buffalo, I turned into the storm to find the shortest way through it, achieving success on the other side.
Photo, left to right: WSU President Dr. Rick Muma, WSU Tech President Dr. Sheree Utash, United Way President & CEO Pete Najera, and WSU Tech student speaker Taylor Maine.