Special Recognition: November 2017 Student of the Month
Semester of anticipated graduation:
Spring 2018, but I am hoping to enroll in the bachelor’s program in fall 2018.
Move in rank in my current career
Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am a single mom of two wonderful boys, ages 7 and 9. I am currently a deputy sheriff with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. I live with my parents and support them financially due to my dad being disabled.
What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I take Ju-Jitsu with my two boys, and I am currently the wolf leader in Cub Scouts.
What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies.
Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Professor Gail Sabo because she is always supportive and gives kind, helpful advice. The writing assignments have shown me how interdisciplinary studies can help in my everyday life and how I can implement the skills.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it? I went through a divorce a year and a half ago. The divorce left me as a single mom with majority custody and the only financial supporter. My dad was in a bad car crash in 2014, which left him disabled, and my mother takes care of him. I moved back in with my parents to help support them financially and in return, they help take care of my boys. As the sole provider for a family of five, it means I work extra hours as a deputy sheriff with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The divorce was hard on my children and the move even harder. I did not want their lives to change too much, so both boys are in Cub Scouts, and I am the Cub Scout leader. On top of the already busy schedule, my kids and I attend Ju-Jitsu. My biggest challenge is day-to-day life. I wanted to set an example for my children that no matter how hard life is or how busy a person is, a person will make time for the important things. So as a mom, I make time for them by helping with homework, attending Ju-Jitsu, being their Cub Scouts leader and camping once a month. As a daughter, I help support my parents financially and emotionally when things get hard. As a law enforcement officer, I go to work each day and leave my problems at the door, so I can step up and help whoever calls. I overcome my challenges by applying interdisciplinary thinking to each situation and always keep the final goal in mind. As long as I am heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel, no speed bump will keep me down.
What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
This degree will be a reminder to my kids that even in our hardest time in life and while struggling, anything can happen as long as you work hard and never give up.
What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
I would highly recommend Hodges University. The teachers are amazing with online courses. The teachers understood that during the hurricane, I was unable to be home because I was activated with the LCSO. The teachers stayed in contact with me at all times, and anytime I was struggling, the teachers were amazing to help me through it. The students considering Hodges should look at all the course options. Classroom courses do not work with my schedule, so I take online and self-paced, which has been excellent for my busy schedule.