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                  Jessica Watkins 

I decided to go to college because I am a strong believer that education opens doors of opportunity. Since I was a little girl my parents continuously talked to me about the importance of a good education. How that having a degree can open up opportunities to hundreds of related (and not-so-related) fields. At first I was hesitant because no one else in my family had attended college but I was ready to break that cycle and start a new tradition.



I’ve been blessed with multiple mentors at various points in my life and career, but there is one mentor that I always think of first – Neomia Hagans Flores. She was the Regional Coordinator for the Robinson Scholars Program when I came on board in 2005.



At 34 years old the last thing I thought I’d be doing was going back to school, but here I am. After working with the Robinson Scholars Program for several years I found that I not only had a passion for teaching students but helping to prepare them for their futures as well. Being a small stepping stone for the kids of the Robinson Scholars Program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. So today I find myself making the decision to go back to school and obtain my Master’s Degree in Education and pursue a career as a High School Guidance Counselor.