Saturday, July 19, 2014

Education is the Most Powerful Weapon by Beth D. Carter

We posed the following question to our authors: 
"What does education mean to you?"

As usual, our authors did not disappoint! Please join us throughout the week as we share their incredible stories and memories. 

Please welcome best selling author, Beth D. Carter...

I never went to college.  I was always one of those people who couldn’t wait to get out of school to experience life.  I somewhat blame my voracious reading habits growing up because I wanted to live those adventures.  Harlequin Presents set a very high standard in my imagination.

And in fact, in my twenties, I did go on some amazing adventures.  I traveled to New Zealand, lived in France, took a cruise from Sweden to Finland, went to the highest place in the Swiss Alps someone can go without hiking gear, and went topless on the beach in Cannes.  I met celebrities, walked down the red carpet for the Emmy awards, went to exclusive Hollywood parties…and I loved every minute.

And then something came into my life that changed everything.  My son.  I was in my thirties and suddenly realized I had to provide for this little tiny person who depended on me for everything.  I couldn’t do that by working jobs that might have great side benefits but didn’t pay anything.  I needed a career.

So I went back to school, at age thirty-six, to a two year trade college.  I worked my butt off and when all was said and done I graduated at the top of my class with my certification as a surgical technician.  Out of twenty people who started the program, eleven graduated, and only three passed their certification test.  I was the person who handed the instruments to the surgeon as well as made sure everything remained sterile in the operation.

Going back to school changed my outlook on the world.  It provided me with a foundation to find higher paying jobs, in a field I was interested in, so I could make sure my son had everything he needed.  It also made me feel good about myself, as if I’d accomplished something that had seemed so far out of reach.  Nelson Mandela said education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world…it’s also the most powerful weapon you can use to change yourself.

Plus, it gave me great stories to tell about where these hands have been. 

Beth D. Carter is a multi-published, best selling author of numerous Evernight titles, including As Midnight Loves the Moon and Proposition from the Planet Alpha series.

Give the Gift of Education

We will donate 100% of  sales from the Evernight and Evernight Teen websites from July 15 - 21 to World Vision's Education for Girls Fund.

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."
~Sydney J. Harris


Beth D. Carter said...

Thank you!

Carlene Love said...

Love this, Beth! It's a wonderful thing that you did this for your son and I love that you are also now able to write your stories and share those amazing adventures. Congrats, Beth!