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As I mentioned on the first page, I am attending school full time at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Farmington is about 13 miles west of Bloomfield, and is located in the northwestern part of the state: a.k.a. the Four Corners.

Anyway, I am back in school full time to finish something I had started many years ago. After getting out of the Marines, I attended UNM for a year in order to get a degree and go back as an officer. Somewhere along the way I got sidetracked. I ended up in south Texas working as a longshoreman and later as a welder.

After having my fill of the coastal humidity, I moved back to New Mexico and became a plant operator for an oil refinery. Not being especially fond of shift work, I then went to work for Amoco Production Company (a major oil producer) and remained there until I was laid off in a downsizing in '97. I had worked in the field as an automation technician up to that time. Since then, Amoco has been taken over by British Petroleum.

For quite a few years, however, I had wanted to return to school, but never did because the money was good, and I never got up the courage to just quit. Now that the decision has been made for me, I feel like a burden has been taken off. Although my major at UNM was journalism, I am now in a Media Technologies and Communications program. I feel this is more in line with what I want to do. My ultimate goal is to work for a company in Public Relations.