“With every breath that I breathe, I’ma make a way.” - Pia ReneeRead More
I always believed in the saying “finish what you started” but, for a long time, I did not think that would apply to me. Almost a year and a half after graduating from high school, I found myself dropping out yet again. During my first attempt, my books were stolen from the back seat of my car, but this time I found myself pregnant. At twenty-one, this was a step up for me, considering the environment in which I was raised.Read More
My name is Sandra but my family and friends call me Sand. Yes, like the sand you find at the beach. I am the mother of three wonderful, beautiful witty girls. I come from a very humble family and I am a first generation Mexican- American. Since graduating from college last May at age 35 with my first Bachelor’s degree, my life has taken a 180 degree turn for the best.
My parents always encouraged my sisters and me to stay focused with our academics and become strong, independent women. With their support and my hard-work, I was able to achieve both a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Public Health at DePaul University.Read More
Around the time I turned 16 I was up at 4:30 AM in the morning doing chores before high school. I would wake up early on the weekends to milk forty cows. A dairy farm is an operation that runs seven days a week. Farmers have no sick days, vacation days, or holidays off from work. However, the reward is being able to see first-hand the results of all that effort and hard work. It was also great to spend so much time outdoors instead of being stuck behind a desk for so many hours of the day!Read More
I was born in early 1962 in Des Moines, Iowa. My parents were very conservative politically and religiously. I was raised in a no nonsense household that held firmly to the belief of, "Spare the rod, spoil the child." The rod was firmly administered to excess. I recall, even in high school wearing clothing that strategically hid bruises. At age 22, a Senior in college, I received my last "official" spanking.Read More
College was a fabulous experience and a real revelation! I was a little fish in a big pond, coming from a small private school of 61 in my graduating class to a HUGE university full of such diversity and no shortage in opportunities. I went to college at age 17, as I was very young when I started Kindergarten. It took me 5 years to finish, but I don’t have any regrets! It was my first real experience with setbacks. Looking back, I was ALWAYS able to pick up the pieces and start fresh!Read More
I got a job as a part time teacher upon graduation. I wanted to live in the city so I moved to Lincoln Park (the only place my parents thought was safe) and took a job working for a small graphic arts firm. I eventually left that job to go back to teaching. I taught in the UIC area for several years then met and married a man. After a few years of commuting, I had a daughter thus, I chose to take a teaching job closer to our home. A second, third and then FOURTH(!) child meant looking for a larger home and with that, a change to another school closer to home. Somewhere in there, my stepdaughter (goodness I hate the term step!) chose to become a part of our family. Thus, I became a mom of 5!Read More