(Pictured: Katie and her son, Aiden.)
Can you tell us a little about your son?
His name is Aiden and he’s going to turn 10 on February 1st. He is a 4th grader at Happy Hollow.
Where are you attending school and what is your major?
I go to the University of Arkansas where I am a history major with the intention of getting my teaching license this year.
What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
Parenthood has made me who I am today, and I am proud of who I have become. I knew being a parent would change me in some ways but never completely change me for the better.
What is a favorite parenting moment?
When my son does something kind for others, it makes me feel like I am doing something right.
Where do you and Aiden like to hang out in NWA?
We go to the parks all the time throughout Fayetteville. We play tennis, basketball, walk our doggy, or in nicer weather, we love to go to the lakes around NWA. We are a very outdoorsy little family.
What is something you wish someone would have told you before you became a parent?
So many things that you think are going to matter don’t anymore.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I love playing tennis and going to the gym.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in books, the scripture of God, and even podcasts really help me keep my chin up and remember to stay mindful of the bigger picture when I am worried about things.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Biggest challenges hands down would be probably what all of us single moms deal with, making ends meet with the bills. The struggle to balance work, school and spending time with my son is tiring and then of course don’t forget the biggest challenge, which is finding time to have a life for myself!
What is one word to sum you up?
My word would be “Ambitious.”
Why do you value your education?
I value education specifically while being a mom because there are a lot of children and adults in this world that long for the opportunity to better themselves. The fact that I have the chance, even though I have worked hard for it, to higher my education is a blessing so why wouldn’t I take that opportunity?
Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has most definitely impacted my motivation and confidence. When I attend events like Jingle Mingle and hear other single parents speak, I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this program.
What is something you’d like to say to other single parent students?
You are doing a great job! You are a good parent and just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you should quit. Just because it hurts doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.
What is something you’d like to say to supporters?
It is nice to know that there are people out there like them who give when they can. It’s nice to know that they give towards something that really aspires to help the future of people who they may never meet or see. It is because of the donors that I hope to have enough someday to give back generously, ideally to a single parent scholarship like this one.