I think it's be nice to share some positive stories for a change. I hope most of us are lucky enough to meet that one person who significantly make our life change for the better/take an interesting turn. For me, it's my art teacher. He's not my highschool tutor though. In my college years I took art classes in his small art school in central Bangkok. He's about 10 years my senior, a successful interior designer, a huge Beatles/Pink Floyd fan and a vinyl collector. Basically, I had been on the line about studying design. I wasn't sure and chose to do business course instead, but it was still in the back of my head. But with him and his colleague I got to see how designers think and work. I hang out with them for 4 years, learning drawing and painting (something very odd for a marketing student to do ) He presents such an inspiring model for designers, striking a good balance between being an artist and the practical matters. From my effort there, I finished my business degree and right after got an offer from a UK architecture course which I eventually finished in three years (I graduated on wednesday ). Right now I've just reflected how far I have come and the good things I get from having a good support and knowing the right person. If you have any story of your own, please share!