Some Role Modelz - J Cole Cover

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    Posted on Friday, Nov 10, 2017
    Everything I have achieved has been made possible by my dad. Everyone likes to argue and say “My dad is the coolest dad in the world” or “My dad is the most athletic” or even the occasional “My dad could beat your dad up”. However if there is one thing I am certain of it is that my dad is the hardest working dad of all dad-kind.
                   
    I have my dad to thank for the Aggie Ring I am about to get. He led the way before me and instilled in me a love for all things A&M. He graduated with a chemical engineering degree from A&M in 1984 and the whole time he was going to school he was working full time at McDonald’s. My family has a very famous picture of him framed in our living room which depicts him dressed head to toe in his McDonald’s uniform and eating a McChicken. After graduating from A&M he went to work in the paper industry. He was working almost sixty hours a week and somehow managing to raise all four of us kids. I started working when I was sixteen, not because I had to but because I wanted to be like him. He put all four of us through college and never asked for a dime in return. He has truly been an inspiration to me and so many of my successes have come through the lessons that he has taught me.
                   
    Possibly the most important thing he taught me was patience. Whether the motor on our old Jon boat went out three miles from the landing or my mom was upset, he handled every situation with the patience I hope to one day have. He treats everyone with respect and he made sure that his kids had everything they needed to succeed. Although he’s not perfect he attacks every problem that comes to him and I have rarely seen him waiver and lose faith. He is a true role model and if I turn out to be half of what he has become I would be happy for the rest of my life.
     
    By: Thomas Wallace, College of Engineering
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