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On the Spot: What pushed you to pursue a higher education?

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Tracey Jimenez 
Second-year, addiction studies

“Well, I was a hairdresser for 31 years. I got fired from my job as a director of beauty college, and it really did a number on me. I thought, well, my life is over. Then I thought, you know what? I want to do something that helps people. My son was addicted to heroin, and my mom died of an overdose, so I thought, I’m gonna go into addictions and try to understand this [and] help people.”

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Shawn Guill
Second-year, addiction studies

“I was in the medical field for 15 years and because of health reasons I had to quit doing that. I wanted to find a way to help people, you know; my dad was addicted when I was a child, and that was really hard for our family to endure. Just trying to find out how people react to different substances has really sparked my knowledge and wanting to learn more. It’s also helped my family out, too.”

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Christy Wiegel
16 years in college, urban economics

“More opportunities and better money. Economics is the study of people and their environment and how money goes around the world.”

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