2018 Awards Speech – H. Sluyter
I am a mother of 2 in my late 20s. I have a degree in paralegal studies and business management. Currently, I’m pursing a degree in law.
At least once a week I hear “How do you do it?” from my friends, colleagues and family.
This last year was one of the hardest, but most rewarding years I’ve ever had.
March 2017 – I found out I was pregnant. Parents know the 1st 3 months is the toughest.
August – Started a new semester with 3 classes. One I had to drive to Baltimore after work.
September – Relocated grandma to Montgomery County. At this time I am approaching my last trimester.
October – I planned and had my baby shower.
December – Bought a new car, completed finals, and had my baby.
January – Began buying a new home. Started another semester w/3 classes, baby only 3 weeks old.
February – Returned back to work, received a promotion.
March – Had surgery and closed on my home.
April – Baby started daycare.
This Month – I moved and completed finals.
I still was able to assist family and friends, with law issues, credit and resumes.
I stand in front of you with A’s and B’s.
So how do I do it? How do you make all this happen?
Strategic time management.
Short term sacrifices for my long term dream.
Internal will to succeed and not give up on my investment.
Dedication – reminding myself that these hurdles will soon be over and my classes would still be there.
Being extremely resourceful.
I was also very strategic when I asked others for help. The help I had was very limited, so I had to use it wisely.
Learning from my failures.
I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell them, you can do it too. If you’re dedicated and really want something, no one or anything will get in your way. I hope I inspired you. Keep your head up and do not give up. Thank you for listening.