By Shelby Woods
All my life I have grown up with a passion for cars. When I would tell people this they would look at me shocked because I am a girl in a male-dominated field. Instead of letting their doubts and misunderstandings discourage me from my dreams, I decided that was all the more fuel for me to be successful. Now I am going to college to receive my associate’s degree in collision repair and refinishing.
Since I started college almost two years ago, I have been truly blessed with many different opportunities. Some of those are receiving the Women’s Industry Network scholarship two years in a row, outstanding collision repair student two years in a row, first-year outstanding automotive repair technology student; taking third place at SkillsUSA competition, and most recently a first place in refinishing at the SkillsUSA competition; and being an ASE-certified technician. These skills will prepare me for my upcoming career in the automotive industry.
After visiting the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, I realized the true importance of educating the next generation on the ever-changing car industry. We, as the next generation, have to step up and take the responsibility in maintaining the dreams our forefathers had for this nation. The museum is a perfect example of their dreams becoming reality.
For those of you who are thinking about getting into the automotive world, don’t let anybody hold you back. Follow your dreams and work hard. If you do these two things, success will surely follow. Also, make sure to go and visit the Museum of American Speed – you won’t regret it.
I would also like to give a huge thank you to Nile Cornelison, Dean Martin (Tomorrow’s Tech publisher), Speedway Motors and Southwestern Community College for giving me the opportunity to speak on behalf of the car industry.