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My name is Dale White and I am a Navy veteran. I am the youngest of five children, but the first one to get a degree. I am a father of 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy) and now a grandfather of 2 beautiful girls. I achieved an Associate of Arts Degree in History. I was accepted and now attending class at the University of Texas at Austin. I have also been accepted to the UTeach Liberal Arts Program at UT. I will get my Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in History and I will be a certified secondary teacher in Texas at graduation. I had to overcome many obstacles to get here. The first obstacle was to live down the belief that was ingrained in me that I was not good enough or smart enough to attend college much less graduate. I had to start in a developmental math courses, and thanks to those great professors; professor Hashemi (who took a person that had not been in an Algebra class in 25 years and made it understandable) and professor Weise (who was always there when I had ! questions) I want to say thank you! I proved firstly to myself and also to everyone else that I am smart enough. The best thing about ACC is the faculty and staff. The faculty is there to help you and push you to do your best work and not settle for mediocrity. Every professor is there cheering you on and behind you pushing you forward when they are not in front leading you to your greatness. My best memories of ACC are all my memories of ACC. It sounds cheesy and cliché, but it’s true. The faculty and student population is so diverse culturally and ethnically, and in many different ways it was very enlightening to meet and make friends with people from around the world. It once again proved to me that as people we are alike in more ways than we are different. I am glad I chose ACC for my first degree.