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Andrew Quittner, JD

What I do now:
I am the City Attorney for the City of Seguin, Texas - population 30,000.

My work/job consists of:
I am part of the executive management team that runs the City, its utilities, and other projects necessary to provide a better place to live.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
A bit of a long story, beginning, academically speaking, in science, and not getting accepted into medical school, running through research work on a PhD (which was stymied when another lab scooped the research we were working on) and ending in law school.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
Living and working in Bossier City, LSUS provided me the ability to continue working, raising my family, and attending classes. I also liked the small class size and more intimate setting (at least that was the case in 1981).

Fond memories of LSUS:
Super friendly atmosphere for a non-traditional (at that time) student.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
There were several, but given more than thirty years - and my general poor ability in remembering names.....I can't name any!

How LSUS helped me succeed:
My education there provided a solid foundation for future learning, enough so that I left with a degree in biology - but was easily capable of entering a competitive graduate class in chemistry at a top-notch university.

Advice to college-bound students:
Much of what you will need to know/learn in the future will be learned then, not now. College is the place to learn how to learn, think, and solve problems from a number of different angles.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Develop interpersonal skills. Working in local government means that everyone on the street is your customer and must be treated as such. At times, this will be much easier said than done.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Find something that fits your personality and desires - but don't get so fixed that you can't change (when you should). Majors and careers can (and for many will) change - and that is not a bad thing.

My toughest professional challenge:
Academically, when I was nearing completion of a law degree, and beginning my PhD dissertation, the research we were working on was scooped (published by another lab), and they wanted me to start a new project. Tough decisions. Professionally now, when working up a new project, the challenge is sorting through all the published chaff to find a solid route to proceed.

My toughest personal challenge:
Learning (which is a permanently ongoing process) when to sit back and say nothing.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Looking over all the successful projects (like a new, modern, glass-fronted library) that our management team has accomplished to make Seguin a great place to live.

I've learned this from life:
Individually, we have all been given gifts, and along with them expectations. It is our duty to use those gifts, whether large or small, to better our corner of the world.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
More camping and traveling. Would love to visit every National Park.

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