Hi! I'm Dana Watkins.


I am a Multimedia and Marketing student at Aiken Technical College. I will graduate with an Associates degree in Applied Science in May 2011. My main emphasis is graphic arts and web design.


For as long as I can remember, I have loved drawing and painting. My dream when I graduated from high school in 1980 was to study commercial art. However, my family had financial hardships, so I went to work at age 18 to help my mom and grandmother take care of my younger sisters and brother. Then Don Watkins came into my life, and we were married in 1983. We have been married now for 27 years and have three children, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters.


I continued to work for 28 years. Then in September of 2008, I lost my job of 10 years. It was then that the government WIA program offered me the chance to go back to school and earn my degree. They didn't have to ask me twice, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do...study graphic arts and design.


So here I am, after 30 years, realizing my lifelong dream. I am living proof, that you should never give up on your dreams, and going back to school was one of the greatest joys I have experienced in my whole life.


However, the loves of my life are in these pictures. This is my family.