Darkness is not only an absence of light; it can apply equally to a situation or a lack of enlightenment. In the case of Homero Lopez, Lone Star College-Tomball Star of the Month, both are poignantly applicable.
With nothing more than a sixth grade education in his native Mexico, his father suffered a stroke and any visions of a future of opportunities were plunged into darkness, as Lopez's focus became working to help provide for his parents, three brothers and four sisters. That experience provided him the tenacity, determination and fortitude to grow, explore and seek enlightenment in a world of possibilities.
Arriving in the U.S. when he was 17, Lopez took some English as a second language (ESL) classes, went to work in the liquid petroleum gas industry, and, not long after, got married. It was his experience working in liquid petroleum gas and his wife's urgings that motivated Lopez to pursue and receive his GED (making him the first in his family to do so). Still, the decision was not an easy one.
"I was totally in the state of embarrassment due to my age. Once I got over thinking I was too old, I found others that were my age and older," Lopez recalled.
His confidence bolstered by his GED, Lopez enrolled in the LSC-Tomball AURORA project, where he began preparing himself to pursue a career in a field that has always intrigued him – science. Even before he earned his GED, Lopez was fascinated with the subject. Today, he dreams of going to Texas A&M to pursue a science degree.
"I always want to know more – in class, my ears and eyes are wide open so I can soak up all the information," he explained.
As he continues learning, Lopez is proud to be teaching – teaching his teenage son and daughter the importance of hard work, education and never letting anything get in the way of your dreams.
Lopez's advice to would-be late-bloomers: "Proceed with your education. Do not let it slip by in your early age."