Special Recognition: October 2017 Student of the Month
Semester of anticipated graduation:
Tell us a little about yourself and your life: My family is my entire world. My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have a 2-year-old little boy who keeps us on our toes. We moved to Naples after I was medically retired from the United States Army in June 2016. I spent 11 years in the Army as a military police officer. I am a combat veteran, and I served in Afghanistan from 2010-2011.
What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I enjoy paddle boarding and fishing with my family.
What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
Survey of Forensic Science - Dr. [Gabriele] Suboch taught this class and it was so much fun. I never thought I would describe college classes as fun.
Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Dr. [Daniel] Pontzer and Dr. Suboch are my favorite professors. Dr. Pontzer’s classes are very interesting, and I always learn something new. I have only had Dr. Suboch once, but her class was very hands-on, and I looked forward to class each week.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
My medical retirement was very difficult for me to overcome. I spent months at home feeling down and feeling as if my life was over at 30 years old. I had specific plans and goals for my life. A medical retirement from the career I loved so dearly was not one of them. One day, while in my pajamas, at noon, I noticed my son mimicking what I was doing and that’s when it struck me - this is not the woman I want my son to look up to. So, I started researching local colleges and fell in love with Hodges University. Life is not over for me, it’s just starting!
What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
It means so much. I feel it will open so many doors and help me find a new career that I will love. I feel excited about my future and all that it holds.