“Technology wasn’t as advanced as it is now,” she explains. “For someone like me who had been out for 20 years, the thought of going back to school was a struggle.”
Upon graduating from high school in 1995, Diane had enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. But the struggle to balance her studies with having to work to pay for tuition, combined with her uneasiness in large classes, ultimately led her to drop out and return to California, where she went on to take a full-time job in restaurant management.
As the years passed, Diane also took on the additional roles of wife and mother of three, and it became easier and even more necessary to put an undergraduate degree low on her list of priorities. That is, until her oldest son, Christopher Jr., began looking at colleges in 2014.
When Christopher began asking questions about where she went to school and what her college experience had been like, Diane began to formulate a question of her own: How could she be an even better role model for her kids?