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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Student Tim Clark

Jessica R. Alexander, Reference Librarian, J.D., M.L.S.

Sometimes I can look at a student and am compelled to ask, "What did you do in your other life?" Tim Clark, a recent graduate of the University of Houston (May, 2010) came to the Reference Desk. I asked him the question and he made my day. Tim never gave up on his childhood dream of becoming a lawyer, despite the detours on his journey. He grew up first in Midland, Texas, then in several other states during his grade school days and finally in League City, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart at 16, postponed college for years and became an oil rig welder. His last job was a supervisor at a chemical plant. He has children and grandchildren. He has been married for thirty years.

On his first day of law school he felt nervous. But his family treated him to the tender care a parent would give a young child on the first day of school. He came into his kitchen to find his lunch with coffee already packed. His grandchild picked up one of his bags. His wife, daughter and grandchild then walked him to the car! His first day at law school was one of the happiest of his life. We are honored to have Tim Clark!