Director of Healthcare Programs, Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Where are you going to school and what do you study? Utah State University, Interdisciplinary Studies
Tell us about your school/work life: I have worked at Mountainland Applied Technology College in Utah County for almost 12 years. Throughout my time there I have worked in a variety of departments including Student Services, Finance, and currently as the Director of Healthcare Programs. When I made the decision to go back to school to get my degree, I knew it would have to be 100% online and that it would have to be from Utah State because I am a True Aggie. My amazing adviser helped me pick classes that would help me in my career. All of them were very beneficial to me and I never felt like I was wasting time, which is very important to me.
Tell us about your life outside of school/work: Outside of school and work I have a super supportive husband and four amazing kids that fill up any free time I have. I absolutely love going to all of their soccer, football, and baseball games, and piano and ballet recitals. Being a carpooling “soccer mom” is a dream come true for me. I also run a small Amazon business selling toys online. It is more of a hobby than anything but it is really convenient to never have to run to the store for a birthday present.
How do you de-stress?
Crossfit and running! It’s not just the physical part of it that helps me de-stress, but also the social and mental aspect. Of course there is also the diet coke, afternoon chocolate treat, and the occasional 30 second dance party with my kids.
What does goal setting looks like for you?
Aim high! Don’t let anything hold you back. Choose your path wisely but don’t be afraid to start over if you fall off. I can’t tell you how many times I have started to go back to school to finish my degree and for one reason or another, it never really worked out until now. I kept waiting for a good time to start, but it was never going to happen. There will never be a good time to do it because excuses can always get in the way. Don’t let them. Decide you are going to do something and get it done.
What was the greatest barrier on your path to awesomeness, and what did you do about it?
There were so many barriers to finish my goal because anything worth doing is hard. Time and motivation and sacrifice were all hard for me. I work an already time consuming and demanding job that takes me away from my family more than I would like it to. When I got home from work, I would spend a few hours with my family over dinner, homework and running them to their various activities and then when the kids went to bed it was my time for homework. I was exhausted by that time of day and would much rather lay on my couch with a good book or watching a show, but I had to suck it up and get to my computer. A lot of things were left undone and had to let them go. Sometimes I went to bed with the dinner dishes still in the sink or the grocery shopping undone or my house in shambles for another day. But everyone survived and I’m sure I was the only one that noticed.
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