Breaking the Mold

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Friday, Nov 10, 2017
    From a farm boy in rural Missouri, to a successful business man in downtown Austin, my dad has worked hard his whole life. My dad grew up on our family farm in rural Missouri, and spent his free time baling hay, chasing adventure, and riding his motorbike through the woods. It was a stagnant place where no one ever left, but my dad wanted to break that mold. He was the first in his family to go to college, had to work his way through school, and ended up going to four different schools, earning multiple degrees in art and architecture. He wanted to go and do something bigger.

    He then took the next big step and moved away from his family to San Diego to work for a signage and design firm. That’s where he met my mom, and they lived there until they decided to move to Dallas and start a family. After working for the same company, my parents decided to take a leap of faith by moving to Austin and opening their own design/way-finding/signage business (after 16 years I still don’t know for sure what they do…oops). The business started out just my mom and him in our guest bedroom, but through their hard work and determination, they now have multiple employees and are located on 6th street in the heart of Austin.

    Ever since I was young I knew my dad was different than most; it’s not anything in specific, he’s just a really cool dude. On more than one occasion I’ve had a friend who comes over to hang out with me but ends up talking with my dad the whole time. He’s never met a person he couldn’t befriend!

    My dad is a fearless leader and is incredibly humble about his past. He has worked hard for everything he has achieved, and has maintained a child-like spirit through every season of life. He loves others well, has a vision and purpose for his life, and is one of the best leaders I know. He has overcome countless obstacles and barriers to meet his goals, and keeps breaking every wall that stands in his way. One thing he always says, amongst the endless stream of advice, is “carpe diem,” (seize the day) and he lives by it. He is always living in the moment and to its fullest potential. He broke the mold and chased his dreams, not letting anything stand in his way. He is an incredible man and I am proud to call him my role model and my dad.
     
    By: Kendall Janke, College of Liberal Arts
    Photo Attribution: Kendall Janke