The day begins at around 5:30 a.m.

I make my son some breakfast before he goes to school. He had scramble eggs and chocolate milk.   

My son D’Angelo leaving for school. He gets picked by the school bus at 6:40 a.m. He is a sophomore at Nicolet High School in Glendale.

One kid down, one to go. Getting my daughter Emma’s snacks ready. She is 8 years old and a second grader at St. Eugene Catholic School.

My daughter loves helping in the mornings. Here she is helping get our breakfast ready.

On days like today when I have school in the evening, I prepare dinner for my son because he will be alone until I come back around 9:30 p.m. Today, I left him “chuletas” (pork chops), black beans and rice. Everyday before I go to work, I prep dinner, do dishes, pick up the house, do laundry (I do laundry most days), etc. It helps to be a morning person!

Emma loves selfies!

On the school parking lot, dropping Emma off for the day. It’s 8 a.m. She will be picked up from school by my friend who is my babysitter on school nights. I won’t see Emma’s beautiful face until 9 p.m. today, I miss her already!

It’s 8:05 a.m. and I’m arriving at Stritch, my second home.

My morning routine includes bugging Dr. Mueller as he gets ready to teach his morning class. He is busy grading Abstract Math tests!

Can’t begin the day without coffee.

Morning debrief: Most mornings we gather in Dr. Scholz’ office to plan the day or to debrief the prior day. This is my favorite part of the day. I feel really included in the decision making process, I truly love my job and this is a big reason why!

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UGCC) Meeting. I’m the UGCC scribe, we meet twice a month in an undisclosed location (The Staff Lounge). The committee has representation from all four colleges in the University, plus staff members in the Registrar's Office and Student Success Center. We also have an UG student representative. I’m blessed to be part of this group and have learned a lot in the four years I served on it.

At around 10 a.m., I’m back in my office typing all the notes from UGCC meeting, sending people feedback from the meeting, and organizing the UGCC fileshare were we store all the material and notes from the meeting.

I love getting visitors in my office. Kristy Sprung stopped by to show me the new Academic Advising webpage that includes all the information related to the Liberal Arts Core requirements for students. Really neat page - visit it at http://www.stritch.edu/advising/

Throughout my day, I visit others at their offices. In this case, I stopped by Professor Marilyn Jones' office because I needed some assessment information. Marilyn and I went to high school together and have been friends ever since, but we have grown closer together since she began working at Stritch. It is such a pleasure to have my dear friend teach here and also chair the Language Department. I’m a Spanish major from Stritch, so the Language Department has been my second family since 2009.

The rest of the morning goes by really fast. I picked up the mail right before lunch and went back to the office to schedule some meetings. (I spend a lot of my time scheduling meetings!)

It’s lunch time! Most days I eat lunch at the Serra Dining Hall. It is really pleasant to be welcomed with a smile. Thank you, Bernie, for your great service!

Today I sat with a fun group at lunch, Sarah and Dave from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. I truly enjoyed our lunch conversation and encouraging words. Thank you, Sarah and Dave, for your great service to Stritch!

At 4:30 p.m., it's time to take off my employee hat and put on my student hat. By far, my favorite place in the world – the classroom! I’m a student in the Master of Arts in Teacher program. I plan to be licensed soon to teach Spanish K-12. These two pictures are of my cohort, very nice people! Most of them are already teaching (but they behave like typical students when they are here!) 

Where did my smile go?! At 8:20 p.m., I’m running out of energy. Class just ended, but I’m staying in the classroom a little longer to work on school work. I’m much more productive if I’m here alone for a little while, once I get home my body just wants me to crash in my bed.

At 9 p.m., I pick up Emma from the sitter, my friend Peggy. I couldn't do what I do without Peggy’s help and support. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders.

9:30 p.m.: We just got home a few minutes ago and are getting ready for bed. My son waits awake for us to get through the door, says good night and goes to sleep. Emma asks me to pray with her every night, no matter how tired we are. Thank God for Emma! 
 

Today I went to bed at around 10:20 p.m., most days I can’t fall asleep right away. I just lay in bed planning the next day. My life is crazy busy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have to stay positive and strong for my children, but also for all the single mothers. I want to be a role model for them as well. I’m demonstrating that with good planning, great friends who support me, and lots of prayer, we can do it all. It might be hard for me now, but I’m ensuring a better future for my children by never giving up. As long as my children are happy and healthy, all my efforts and sacrifices are worth doing.