Meet recipient Hollie Wentz!

What is your daughter’s name and how old is she?
My daughter’s name is Destiny and she is 15 years old

Where are you attending school and what is your major?
I attend Northwest Arkansas Community College pursuing an Associates in Business. I also plan on enrolling in their paralegal program.
What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
It’s surprising to me at how much my teen looks up to me. She watches just about every move I make.
What is your favorite parenting moment?
I love when my daughter makes me laugh. She has so many comedic one-liners.
Where do you like to hang out with your family in NWA?
Thrift stores, estate sales, and restaurants. We love to eat!
What is something you wish somebody had told you before having kids?
I wish someone had told me that it’s harder the older your child gets.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy various arts & crafts and baking.
What is your idea of a great weekend?
I love camping and hanging out at the river.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the progress that I have made thus far.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge for me at this time in my life is raising my teenage daughter.
How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
 I found SPSF NWA on Google by searching “how to go back to school being a single parent.”
What is one word to sum you up?
What is a favorite quote of yours?
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” -Earl Nightingale
Why do you value education?
Since I started continuing my education over a year ago, I have gained a lot of self-confidence. I know my worth and I will be able to only move up from here.
What do you enjoy most as a parent?
I really enjoy spending quality time with my daughter. We love to play cards and games. I think we bond the most during those times.
What made you decide to go back to school/ go to school for the first time?
I had decided that I needed more in my life. I wanted to feel like I meant something, and most of all to prove to myself that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
How did you choose your major?
I have always been interested in real estate, but in the history of real estate itself. With an Associates in Business along with a paralegal certificate I will be able to assist attorneys with real estate transactions, estate planning and all the other fun stuff. I would eventually love to get my bachelor’s degree with my ultimate dream of going on to law school.
How are you and your family adjusting to online classes?
I have adjusted well to online classes. My daughter, on the other hand, needs that in person instruction, so she struggled a lot in the beginning of COVID when there was no other option but online instruction.
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has been a great resource for me. Recently my daughter has been struggling with some personal things and everyone at SPSF NWA is always good to ask me how she is doing. I love the Empower Sessions and all the great resources that are available.
How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
Life will be so much different because I will have so much more free time and resources to just enjoy life with my family. I will be in a better place financially which will eventually lead to ownership of my forever home. The possibilities are endless!
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
Thank you so much for all that you do. If I didn’t have the support of SPSF NWA, I don’t think I would have ever considered going back to school. Just knowing that I have a support system and someone in my corner is the greatest feeling in the world!