April 12, 2016
We asked Gregg Mazzola, "Why is education important?" He tells how education restarted his career and, ultimately, provided a positive impact on his personal and professional lives.
As an individual, education is important to me because it provides a pathway to expand my world, alter my views, create new skill sets and feed my curiosity. I also believe that an educated society creates a better overall society. Knowledge is a powerful tool that allows us to imagine in new ways.
I had completed my bachelor's degree and was searching for my passion. I was working in an industry that was not fulfilling my curiosity or career interests, so I went back to earn my master's degree in journalism. Reporting and writing had always been an interest, and when faced with the "what's next" phase in my life, and going through some soul-searching, I discovered that the classroom provided the pathway and re-ignited my professional pathway.
The lifelong learner in me used education to restart my career. Although my career has taken a different path away from journalism, my education fueled my need to learn and to continue to pursue how I could contribute to society.
Education has had such a positive impact on my personal and professional lives. Personally, obtaining a master's degree meant the world to me because I was the first in my family to do so. I completed this degree later in life, while raising a family, which only contributed to its importance because I could share this accomplishment with my daughter.
Professionally, education introduced me to a life of learning to collaborate with classmates, time management skills and just opening my life to new possibilities.
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