"My academic advisor, James, is more than just an ordinary advisor because he was also my cheerleader through all this."
I am a single mother of three boys, and also a mother/aunt to a three-year-old great niece. I live 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, PA and work as a full-time office manager at Capital Asset Protection, Inc. I had gotten my associate degree in criminal justice in 2007, with aspirations to go back to school to be a juvenile probation officer. So I took a part-time job with the company I’m currently with now. I moved up to a full-time dispatcher within a few months, then found myself in the corporate office, after a year; first as a telemarketer and scheduler, then as a regional manager. The traveling was too much on my kids, though, and I had to step down. I went back to being a guard for a little while, and then got called back to the corporate office to help out with hiring. I was offered the position of bookkeeper after a couple of months, and then moved up to office manager a few months after that. I decided I liked the position so much that I wanted to learn more about human resource management, which is how I found myself taking courses at Southern New Hampshire University.
I work hard, and I get frustrated, but I have loved every minute of it. I have found that my academic advisor, James, is more than just an ordinary advisor because he was also my cheerleader through all this. And without that support, I think it would have been a lot harder for me. I believe the struggle of being a full-time mom, full-time employee and full-time college student is well worth every minute. I am showing my kids that even though life is a struggle, if you work at it, you can succeed and be whatever you might want to be.