How old are your kids now?
Nine, 3 and 1 years old.
How are your classes at Wayne State going?
They're going good; I was just trying to get back into the swing of things in taking classes when I broke my leg at home.
I'm taking two general education classes this fall, history/political science and philosophy ... no engineering courses this semester.
Are you still working with Focus Hope (a nonprofit training program) at General Motors?
Oh it's going good, I'm still learning a lot. I work within the student services department, working closely with the manager in doing placement of Focus Hope graduates, to help the students meet employers, once they graduate.
Have you been able to get any peace and quiet recently, which is one thing you say would be "fun" for you to do in the documentary?
Well, not really. When I broke my leg, though, it was a definite sit-down for me versus me doing so many things. Being the multi-tasker that I am, it was a chance for me to kind of sit down. I hate for it to have happened that way, but…
What is the most difficult thing for you to do now as a single mother of three?
Finding time with my kids. I have certain goals that I want from myself, but sometimes I know in the back of my head that I want more time with my kids. I just think it’s a temporary fix right now with school and working, and then trying to be a mom. I won't be in school always. I'm hoping next May to be done with school.
Do you keep close contact with the fathers of your children?
Not very close contact, no. I'm OK with that.
What are your plans for the next year? Next three years?
My plans will be to get employed. I'm leaning a lot toward General Motors, I'd really like employment there; I've really enjoyed all the work I've done and everything I've learned. But, I would like to go back to school in a few more years and achieve my master's degree. I'm not going to go right back to school but I don't want to get too far into the swing of work. ... I want to get it over with.
Are you optimistic about the future your kids will face? Or will they have a harder time dealing with the world?
No, I don’t think they'll have a harder time, because I think that's attributed to me being a single mom, and their seeing the struggles that I went through. Maybe they'll know enough about the decisions they make and what it can lead to, and hopefully, they won't make the same decisions I did.
I really feel that their future will be much brighter, since they're well aware of the situations ... they've lived it with me, I think that’s the best teacher.
Do you follow politics at all? Why or why not?
Not really, unless it's like a striking issue. There was something sent out that said there was a bill they were trying to pass to "up" the standards for the automotive industry. [The flyers] said that this could have a great impact on us; so they were telling us to write to our state legislator.
I feel like I should do that, since it would affect me.