We Love to be Silly – Meet a Recipient Featuring Jennifer Hardaway
Meet 2-time scholarship recipient Jennifer Hardaway, and her little girls, Hannah and Emme. Jennifer is currently attending the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, studying history.
We asked Jennifer to tell us more about herself and her journey to receive her education.
What made you decide to go back to school?
After having my second daughter, I felt the need to finish my degree because I wanted something better for them. My whole life has changed; I don’t get much sleep, I am constantly studying, but I am showing them that anything is possible with hard work and determination.
How did you choose your major?
I have always loved History. I believe in the importance of studying the past to improve the future.
Why do you value education?
Education is a fundamental human right that provides lifelong learning. By understanding the value of education, I am helping to shape my children’s futures.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has a great staff that supports the students in many ways. I think that the encouragement cards sent out are nice reminders that the staff and alumni association care about each student and want them to succeed.
How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
It will be a new chapter for us in a new state and more schooling!! I will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Resource Interpretation. I have accepted a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Public History with an emphasis in Historic Preservation at Southeast Missouri State University.
What is one of your favorite parenting moments?
I enjoy all the moments whether they are good, bad, hard, easy, joyful, or scary because those moments mold my daughters.
What do you enjoy most about being a parent?
I thoroughly enjoy my daughters. I love watching them develop their personalities and characters. I am so excited and honored that I get the privilege of watching them grow up.
I wish someone had told me ________ before I had kids.
…that it is hard work but that children define unconditional love!
What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
Sleep is overrated, your plate of food is their plate of food, you will never laugh more, that “cute face” will get you every time, a 5 minute trip turns into a 30 minute trip at the store, but that it is all worth it!
What do your children want to be when they grow up?
My oldest, Hannah Mae, wants to be a vet who has an animal sanctuary on site. My youngest, Emme Lou, wants to be everything, but right now she is fascinated with the stars. We try to lay out and “enjoy the stars,” as she says, as much as possible.
Tell us about your hobbies.
I really enjoy doing history-based hobbies, whether it be cleaning gravestones or participating in interpretative programs, and I love that I can involve my girls!
What are some of your favorite family activities?
Most of our family activities involve community service. I started a Homeless Outreach Project at my university, and we get out a lot on the weekends to drop off donations and visit with the members of the homeless camps. My daughters enjoy giving back and the residents of these camps love visiting with my girls. We also clean headstones at local cemeteries. I want them to understand the value of Cemetery Preservation and why it is so important.
One word to sum me up:
What is your favorite quote?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
THANK YOU for all of your support and contributions. Your donations allow students to achieve their dreams while showing their children that anything is possible. In my case you helped me accomplish my bachelor’s degree; because of that I am able to now obtain a master’s degree in my field as well.
Posted by Christina Meeks on Monday, May 1st, 2017 @ 5:00AM
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