Garry Fowlkes decided to turn his life around
Monday, April 07, 2014
Garry Fowlkes decided to turn his life around and began attending Brown Mackie College — Tucson on his 30th birthday. Garry had always struggled to find direction in life, and after his father passed away he found himself searching even deeper for answers.
At the age of 30 Garry had to make some tough decisions. He now had five children of his own and wanted to instill the same values that his father tried to pass onto him. Like all good fathers he wanted them to strive for something. He wanted them to reach for a higher level of greatness.
After undergoing several eye surgeries to keep his vision, he was now prepared to take another run at life and secure a better future for his children. However, it would take some time to readjust and he needed a higher education community that understood his situation. That is what led him to BMC- Tucson.
“I chose Brown Mackie College because I was already in life. I already had children. And trying to take classes at a community college or university wasn’t going to work with my schedule,” said Garry. “At Brown Mackie College I was able to focus on one class at a time, which helped me to concentrate and put all my effort into one specific subject. I simply wanted a more focused education that I could still complete in a two year period.”
Brown Mackie College was a perfect fit for Garry’s future. With this new direction, he could be the person he always wanted to be in this world. While striving to be a better role model, leader and father, Garry found all the tools he needed at BMC- Tucson to define his own direction in life.
“The greatest thing about Brown Mackie College is the staff and people that are there to help you. I got to know everybody, from the career advisors to the campus president,” said Garry. “I was able to build a network of people that wanted to see me succeed. And by surrounding myself with people who support me, such as Dr. Tim Bush, president of Brown Mackie College, I was able to believe in myself. I felt as if the school, and especially Dr. Bush, embraced me and saw my true potential. More importantly, they helped me see it in myself.”
Garry graduated in 2013 with an Associate of Science in Business Management. As he walked across the stage to receive his diploma, he smiled at his mother as he wore his father’s favorite dress shoes. The shoes not only reminded him of where he came from, but they were symbolic in having a part of his father with him as he entered a new chapter in life.
Garry is now a manager at Mister Car Wash in Tucson, Arizona. He not only has a financially rewarding career his first year out of college, but he is also in a position to mentor others and help them find their own direction in life. Even more rewarding are the values he can pass onto his children.
“The example I have set for my kids in finishing school is letting them know that the more you continue through school and the harder you work, the more opportunity you’ll have in life,” adds Garry. “I'm looking to become a GM and eventually open my own store. As far as I can see, the sky is the limit.”
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