Dana is no stranger to hardship. At a young age, Dana was forced to flee an extremely abusive marriage leaving her alone to raise her son and daughter. She decided to pursue her education in order to become a better person for her children and herself.
For Dana, the Stay the Course Program was a Godsend. Dana faced significant trouble finding resources to go to school and be able to provide for her family. The biggest struggles for Dana are finding a way to come up with the money she needs to buy her kids back-to-school basics and presents for the holidays. It’s seemingly little things that create big barriers for a single mom living paycheck to paycheck. That’s why she is working hard and making great grades pursuing her nursing degree. Dana wants her hard-work and goal-oriented focus to set an example for her kids that anything is possible with determination, and she wants her life experience to benefit others.
Nursing became Dana’s field of choice not because of the paycheck, but because of the services nurses provide their community. Part of her career goal is derived from her desire to teach her kids that they can enjoy giving to others for a living. Dana’s determination comes from her belief to give all she has to be a good mother and a good student.
The STC program has helped Dana by giving her the extra support she needs not only as a student, but as a mother. Because of the difficulties juggling school, work and home as a single mom, Dana needed the resources her STC navigator has provided. Dana said her navigator has been her confidant and her guide. The impact the STC program has had on Dana’s life extends beyond school. Because of the STC program, Dana was able to provide her children with back-to-school clothing and give them one of the best Christmases they have ever had.