Annea Asks

Annea Richardson from Murfreesboro, TN wants to know: “Why did you choose the career you are in? Are you happy with your choice, or not, and why?” COMMENT below and engage in an artistic research project with people from all over the country!

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John Rohrbaugh: I am an Electrical Engineer. I knew I wanted to be an EE my senior year in high school back in 1976. Practical application of science and math. I have greatly enjoyed the variety of work over the years. I would highly recommend more young students to enter engineering.

Ron Reel: I was a professional florist my art teacher pushed me in this direction but I went landscape route. First semester we had to take a floral. Design course , after class 2 professor s. Came up and said I was in the wrong field and needed to go into floriculture. I don’t regret the decision at all . I love bringing a smile to people’s faces while still appreciating the nature around us . Being a part of making someone’s special day even more memorable or giving comfort at a time of loss with an uplifting arrangement.

Blake Suhar: I’m a high school teacher. In the back of my mind and deep in my heart, I always knew I wanted to have a career that could leave a positive impact on the community I live in (and world for that matter). Specifically, I choose to serve an underprivileged community because where a family lives should not impact their children’s access to a high-quality education. I’m happy with my choice! That being said, unless you are related to an educator or are good friends with one, it is hard to fully understand the challenges & stressors of my career.

Michael Olexa: I own a land bank of several thousand properties and started my business not knowing I was starting a business. I was in corporate America in my mid 20’s and decided to buy an investment property in a golf course community of the Outer Banks of NC. I had no idea what I was doing but sold that property three years later for 4 times what I bought it for and rolled that money into three properties and repeated the model hundreds of times over. I found a gold mine of a part of the country to invest and made it a business that gave me the opportunity to retire in my early 40’s and continue to do it and help others gain the same passion and success. I got lucky but I worked hard and used the recession as a positive for my business and passion.

Debbie Mauthe: In my case the career chose me. I ended up working in Special education for over 19 years.

Daryl Herrick: I choose education as most of my role models were teachers. After becoming a teacher and followed a career path to be a school superintendent.

Alex Bohl: I am a researcher/data scientist. My career path was more haphazard than planned. I knew I was good at math, so I started w/ engineering. Then my advisor, family, friends, and colleagues gave me opportunities for work or study, which led me here.

Sara Zwiefelhoefer: I always knew I liked figuring out how to help people understand something, to convince them of something new, or break them out of an old way of being. I originally went to school for speech pathology but ended up in an adult learning career. I like learning new things about myself while helping others learn. It is a fun job.

John Thomas Suhar: I’m a photographer, creative consultant, and nonprofit manager. I chose this path because I love combining my analytical left brain and my creative right brain while solving problems. At the moment, I am dedicated to building abundant communities and trying to create a more sustainable and equitable world with my work. Though there are challenges, I am happy, fulfilled and inspired each and every day.

Jackie Hampton Mills: I retired 11 months ago after 40 years owning a Chiropractic Business. My husband was a Chiropractor and I first was a patient. I ran the business for 2 years following his passing and sold the business. I still go into the office for adjustments and help when needed. I’m so grateful for my professional career.

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