How Athletics helped me get a PhD

The only reason I went to a four year college for undergrad was to get a championship ring.  I was supposed to play basketball for my school, but broke my toe before the season.  But I couldn't let that stop me.  So I joined the swim team and swam the long distance event which is one mile(approximately 16 football lengths), and I swam the Butterfly stroke for my college team.  We won our conference and I got my Championship Ring. I went on to get my Masters and currently I'm working on my PhD.  To think, it all started with a dream of being a champion.   You may say I don't need a ring to be a champ, but sometimes the verification is necessary.    Whatever the reason you can find to get an education or learn something, go do it.  


Jamie Parker B.S/M.A.

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