FSH Campus Coordinators have been working with Our Stories Matter to “interview” some of our participants, and last week, Mechelle offered up her answers to some interview questions. We hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about Mechelle, a resident of FSH, senior at UofL and mother to Leon (age 5).
1. Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major as Criminal Justice because I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer. I think it will be awesome to have the opportunity to advocate for at-risk youth in our community. I, also have a passion for debating!
2. What do you most enjoy about leading the Pre-Law Society at Family Scholar House?
As a pre-law society member, I enjoy sharing my interest with others. I was so surprised to find out how many others share the same interest as me. Being in the pre-law society gives us the opportunity to come together. At our meetings we are able to express concerns and talk with community members about the road to and through law school.
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself finished with law school, married, self-sufficient, pursuing my career and making a positive difference in the community.
4. What advice would you give a single parent wanting to pursue a degree?
It takes determination along with having patience. Without having that drive to succeed, you will fail. Having patience is a must. Trust me, so many times you will feel overwhelmed with life and everything that comes with it. Keeping a head strong mentality will get through it.
5. What would you like supporters of Family Scholar House to know?
I would like for those to know that you are supporting a great cause. You may not know us personally, but your faith is what keeps us (single parents) going. Some people do not have the support of family, so your daily motivation and year round volunteering helps us a lot.
6. What is the biggest dream you have for your son?
I want my son to be happy. I will never live through him but instead let him understand what he wants to do in life and be his biggest supporter. I’m pretty sure the way he looks up to me, I won’t have to worry about his dreams because they will be bigger than mine. As long as he has faith that it will become a reality, I will always be there- his mother, as a support.