"Your current reality is not permanent."
"Eventually landing in Chicago, I had humble beginnings. My family opened a dry cleaning business, and we spent some time living in the back until business improved and we were able to buy a home in Albany Park. "Read More
"School was challenging for me because I have ADHD. This was an obstacle that I had to learn to overcome. For example, I had to take tests in other rooms because it was difficult for me to concentrate in large classrooms with a lot of distractions."Read 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.
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
My name is Jill Schumacher. I am a Physician Assistant and work in sports medicine. I went to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Aside from working full time in orthopedics, my heart is really into medical missions.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