Working as a farm hand, a ditch digger, a fry cook, and a warehouseman convinced me to go to college. First generation college in my family. Did a Bachelor of Science, in Economics and Math, at the University of North Texas. Then I did 25 years of work in high tech. When I finished raising my kids, I realized a long-held dream and did a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas. I should have stopped there, but I went on and did a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas, with the aim of becoming a librarian.
Now I am over-educated and under-employed. I write, and I teach at three universities, all adjunct, part-time, no benefits, I do editing and writing work, and I give workshops and do readings. All that together and I make about 25% of what I made in tech. But what I do now is a lot more fun.