Setting out I go to Lincoln Tech currently, and I am in year one of school for welding. There's a certain rush I get when I'm 8,000 degrees between two pieces of metal, and the possibilities of what …
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I go to Lincoln Tech currently, and I am in year one of school for welding. There's a certain rush I get when I'm 8,000 degrees between two pieces of metal, and the possibilities of what I can create are endless. When it comes to permanently fusing metal, you get a certain sense of pride in the work you've done as if you've put a piece of yourself into your work.
Shaping own future
The market and demand for blue-collar jobs is very high at the moment, and I've always had a very deep connection to metal as a material of the Earth. I love to fabricate and be self-reliant — it's very rewarding when you can step back and look at a dependable piece that you created all by yourself. It was a big decision for me on whether or not to go to a regular college, but I wanted to do something I could always fall back on. Besides, college isn't going anywhere.
When it comes to welding engineering, the options are limitless. When I graduate, I intend on doing some light contracting jobs on the side while I start a small local welding and fabrication business. The end goal is to have a successful business on the side while I pursue other business ventures.
Coming from Arapahoe High
I've always felt as a sort of an outcast when it came to being social, and high school was a great steppingstone in how to learn about meeting the right people that can really influence your life. My mom always told me, 'If you can find one genuine friend in this life, you're extremely lucky because they're in high demand.' That genuine person for me was Stephen, and I will always be grateful for a friend I can call my brother.
High school for me had plenty of ups and downs, but at the end of the day, no matter what the experience, it's how you come back from it and learn that will make you who you are.
Advice to Arapahoe seniors
Don't rush! The world puts so much pressure on us to make life-changing decisions at such a young age. If you have a dedicated plan, always be prepared for it to change — you never know who will come into your life and change the course of everything! Every day is an experience. The day you graduate from high school is the day you really start to make decisions for yourself.
If I'm not at the lab, you can find me at the gym, or hidden in a campsite deep in the mountains. I'm very passionate about being outdoors and enjoying our beautiful state — the mountains is where I always wanted to be.
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