In this blog Megane shares about her educational journey and how the support from SPSFNWA helped her reach her goals.
What is your children’s names and ages?
- I have 3 Children. Eliot, 6 years old / Emmet, 5 years old / Violette, 3 years old
Degree/Certification, School, year graduated, and current employment.
- I got certified as a Medical Assistant through the Medical Assistant program of Petra Allied health. I worked as a Medical Assistant at the Parkhill Clinic for Women, following my internship via Petra.
What has been the most rewarding thing about having a degree/certification?
- The most rewarding thing about having a certification is that it will make finding a job easier and I’m proud of myself as well.
What or who kept you motivated during your time as a scholarship recipient?
- Katlyn Taylor has been my biggest supporter during the SPSF scholarship recipient program as has the GAP program. Katlyn helped me navigate all of the possible options that I had I wouldn’t be where I am today, if she had not been here to encourage me and guide me throughout this whole process.
How did your pursuit of an education influence your children or other family members?
- My family and my children were very supportive of me getting a certification to improve my chance of success. It showed them that I was capable of going back to school, even though I am a single mother.
What has changed most for you and your family now that you are no longer in school?
- I’m able to provide a better future for my children.
What was the most beneficial part of being a SPSF scholarship recipient?
- The most beneficial part of being a SPSF Scholarship recipient is that I get to be part of the most generous and supportive organization for single parents. I am proud to be a part of this great organization.
What do your children want to be when they grow up?
- Eliot wants to be a pet store manager, because he loves animals. Emmet wants to be a fireman, because he wants to help people. Violette is still young, but I think she will be a great mom because she has seen me fighting hard to get to where I am. All of my kids will be amazing adults when they grow up, because I am teaching them the simple values in life, and to be content even with little things. They have been so proud of me getting a new degree and I could not be more proud of myself, showing them that when you work hard in life, you succeed.
What is your favorite SPSF memory or activity?
- My favorite event was the Christmas parade party for the kids. It was so neat to have Santa come for the kids and have gifts as well. It made Christmas so special!
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since completing your education?
- My greatest accomplishment since completing my education is that my confidence has increased tremendously. I am so proud of myself for never giving up, even when it was hard.
Looking back, was there one skill that you learned that was particularly useful, either in college/school or in the professional world?
- Yes, there has been so many skills that I have learned at school. It was so beneficial for me but also I’ve learned to save peoples lives, which is life-changing.
What advice would you give someone desiring to go back to school and/or a current recipient?
- If someone wants to go back to school, I would tell them one thing: Go! Never doubt yourself ! You are stronger, smarter, more capable than you think you are. The first step towards independence is to believe in yourself.
What is something that has surprised you since graduating?
- I have been surprised at how many moms are out there in the same situation than me. When you feel like you are all alone, and you are going through hard things alone, just know that there is hope and help out there. Reach out to your community. Don’t isolate yourself.