What did you study at UNH?
What were you doing 1 year out of college?
I was the mother of two little girls: a 1-year-old and a newborn. It was a sleepless, giving time in my life.
What were you doing 5 years out of college?
My fourth child (third daughter) was born. My oldest was kindergarten age, and I decided to homeschool. We had a great time learning. It was, however, still a sleepless time in my life.
What were you doing 10 years out of college?
By this point in my life, my sixth and last baby had arrived. I had homeschooling many children well under my belt. My children are wonderful blessings. They are full of curiosity and the desire to learn more about the world around them. I was thoroughly enjoying my children.
What are you doing now?
When my fourth child was a baby, I went to a car-seat check event and was shocked to find out my kids were not as safe as they could have been. I then came home, researched and read. Over the course of several years, I became very interested in child passenger safety. When my youngest was weaned enough to be without me for a while, I took the certification course in child passenger safety. Later, I was able to take the course on child passenger safety for kids with special needs. I have spent the past several years teaching parents and caregivers how to keep their children safe in a vehicle. With my oldest son becoming a Boy Scout, I also decided to become a merit badge counselor for reading, family life, safety, traffic safety, music, and my favorite, bugling. It has been a joy to mentor boys to learn and become better. I’ve participated in my community’s orchestra, playing horn and trumpet. It’s a joy to play beautiful music with a group. Several of my children are currently studying music. It is a great experience to be able to play in an ensemble with them. With my children at home, and being academically fed here, I have also learned much. It is very enjoyable to continue learning about other subjects that in my youth, I perhaps thought were boring and/or useless.
How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?
I know that a college education is not needed to become a mother. It may seem useless to some to spend one’s time at the University, only to work at an unpaid, rather unappreciated occupation that requires no special knowledge or degree. I, however cherish my time at UNH. It was there that I learned to learn, simply because I wanted to learn more (I did not set out to study more than Russian and the required gen eds.) With the land of my nativity being on the opposite side of the country as UNH, I went to school, knowing no one. As a very shy introvert, being at UNH made me grow into a person, who could talk to strangers and do whatever I had the mind to do. Since my graduation, I have strived to learn more about the world around me, not only to teach my children, but also to edify myself. I am grateful for all of the professors, who gave of their time to help me to grow and learn.