Troy Durk: Humble Beginnings
“Humble beginnings” is a term often used to describe one's hardships and eventual rise to success. I am from Los Angeles, California. Growing up in the midst of adversity is a common thread shared by many and generally accepted by its residents. I too am a part of that thread. I spent most of my life in South Central Los Angeles and Inglewood, humble beginnings indeed. However, though the temptations were many and the pull of the streets was like a magnet, I did not allow myself to become a statistic and fall victim to my environment. I decided to focus on my education because I knew it would place me on a path whereby I could create a positive future and be successful. In 2008, I earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Upon graduation, I started working as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities and I also joined my father in coaching high school football. Coaching at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, California gave me the opportunity to enrich the lives of young men as they prepared for adulthood. Currently, I am attending the University of Southern California (USC) to pursue my Masters in Teaching. It was my experience with the special needs population and coaching high school football that has deeply influenced the teacher I will become.