My name is Gordon Carrier, and I am a graduate of one of the first classes of College Dreamers. College Dreams found me when I was in middle school, and I had no idea how they would impact my life. I still have the Shining Star award they gave to me when I graduated from eighth grade. That was one of the most influential milestones of my college career because my family had no disposable income. We hauled our own water and lived without electricity for several years while I was in high school. Life was challenging, but my parents found innovative ways to provide me and my siblings with the necessary amenities for our education, and not once did anyone at our school find out about our monetary struggles. However, College Dreams provided me with opportunities that I would have never received in my situation otherwise. They took me on tours of colleges all over Oregon, helped me secure numerous scholarships, and kept me focused on my educational goals. College Dreams made me feel that college was actually feasible and could be a reality. They motivated me every step of the way and constantly pushed me to excel. What a great program!
I enrolled in Southern Oregon University in 2005 and graduated in 2011. I now work for my alma mater as a Computing Consultant in their Information Technology department. I provide training classes for university employees, oversee the IT Help Desk, and contribute to many projects and committees within our campus community. I want to thank everyone at College Dreams, in particular Monet Talty and Tom and Judie Drummond, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
College is an amazing experience that will open new doors to success for you. Never give up, and inspire yourself to succeed. Remember the dreamer’s motto:
“The harder you work, the luckier you get!"