My parents really put a strong emphasis on education. I wanted to play every sport (basketball, baseball, football and track) but my mom was adamant, if I wanted to play sports I had to do well in school -- there was no compromising.
Although both my mom and dad were afforded opportunities to go to college, neither finished but they made sure that every last one of us attended college.
I had originally wanted to study biology and go to medical school, but when I enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Texas in Austin in 1985, I kind of lost interest in Biology along the way, so after four years, I dropped out and enlisted in the Navy as a nuclear machinist's mate. That's where I got my first taste in engineering and really enjoyed it, so when I was awarded an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corp.) scholarship to go back to college, I decided to pursue a degree in electrical engineering and have enjoyed it ever since.
For an ROTC scholarship, you're technically discharged from active duty and enter the reserves. I was actually a reservist while I was finishing my bachelor's degree at the ROTC program in Texas. I did military professional traing one day a week and midshipman training over the summer, I'm sure it's not much different now.