Student Spotlight: “Overcoming Obstacles”

Student Disability Services is a great resource to use during college.  My name is Christopher Radtke, and I graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Wildlife Fisheries Management in December 2011, and received a Masters Certificate in Wind Energy Management in August 2012.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. -Vince Lombardi

Student Disability Services (SDS) helped me get the tools I needed to be successful in academics.  I never really wanted to go to college because I didn’t like school, but I realized I needed an education.  However, when I found a program like SDS to help me with obstacles I faced, I was finally interested in pursuing a degree.  I am very glad I had the opportunity to complete my degree with the assistance from SDS, and happy that I had the chance to be a student worker in the office, too.

If asked to compare life in college with accommodations to life in the real world with a job and other adult responsibilities, I would say that I no longer get tested on my knowledge I read in a book.  Instead, I’m expected to learn and adapt to various situations, which are skills I refined while being a part of SDS.  I am currently employed with Baker Hughes as an Account Manager in the US Land Production area, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and guidance of Student Disability Services.

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