What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness? Wow, that’s a good question. Right now I am happy to manage full-time school, full-time work, single mom of a 12-year-old daughter and my 17-year-old exchange student from Italy. I’d love to say something wildly meaningful about perfect happiness, but honestly it would probably look like a little cabin in my hometown of Alaska, 3 feet of snow outside, a fire in the wood stove, Northern Lights in the sky, and a cat on my lap. Oh, and coffee. Every hardworking student’s “go to.” Of course, I am most happy when I’m with my daughters and neither of them are acting like hormonal teenagers. Haha!
What is your greatest fear?
Hmm. It would probably have to be failing as a mom. This is such a cool opportunity to try to change the trajectory of my family’s history, to be a functional, present, loving mom. I worry that I’m not doing it right, almost every single day (and because she is 12, I am getting dumber by the day as she gets closer and closer to the ultimate brilliance that is every teenager in their own mind.) I also fear getting to the end of my life and having major regrets. I don’t want to look back and think, “Man, I really wish I did/went/experienced….”
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I hate that I have not yet figured out how to clone myself or get more hours out of the day.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
They’re not “historical” per se, but there’s a group of college kids that made a documentary called Living on a Dollar a Day. They went to Guatemala to see how the people there lived, on less than a dollar a day. They ended up being so inspired by their experience that they started a whole volunteer organization that sends teachers, nurses and other workers to developing countries. I loved that movie and would love to be like those students.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
Kate Christie, my Spanish instructor. I am hearing impaired, and foreign language is required for a bachelor’s degree. I have failed language classes in the past because I could not hear well enough to complete the coursework. Multiple people worked with me to find a compromise for the language requirement, with one of the classes being substituted. I was strongly encouraged to take her class and give it a chance. She went above and beyond, providing transcripts and extra phone calls for me to practice listening and speaking. I loved it so much that I actually took the second language requirement with her, even though it had been waived. Her love of not just the language, but the culture and the people, really inspired me to do some volunteer work in my area, and ultimately to sign up for one of those volunteer trips I mentioned. I go to Guatemala in September of 2017, and I would probably never have gotten that far out of my comfort zone if it were not for Senora Christie. Gracias, Senora!
Which talent would you most like to have?
Besides cloning myself? Are we talking real talents or superhero talents? I’d love to be able to teleport!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Oh boy. Well, honestly, I am a recovering alcoholic. This year I celebrated 13 years sober, and my greatest gratitude and achievement is the fact that I got sober before I became a mom.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A lemur. That tail is to die for.
What do people notice first about you?
I honestly have no idea. It has never occurred to me to ask!
What does BLUE mean to you?
My experience with ISU has been nothing but positive. Everyone I have encountered, from IT to advising to librarians to professors to other students, has been absolutely incredible. This has not been an easy time of it, and sometimes I feel I have way too much on my plate. But I have formed a network at ISU, even though I am not there in person, that builds me up and encourages me to keep going. I am so proud and humbled to be a part of something so amazing.