MEET APRIL ROBINSON!
April is an active participant within Starfish University. She wanted to share her thoughts and experiences while attending classes here at Starfish. This is what she had to say:
Hello my name is April Robinson and I am a Starfish University parent. I heard about Starfish University when attending a health fair with my children over the summer. I thought to myself it sounded interesting so I took home a catalog. Amazed at all the classes they offered free of charge, I wanted to get involved.
I started going and the first class I attended was Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’- By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life. I left that first day feeling happy and excited, wishing I would have had this opportunity when I was 19.
I was able to evaluate myself in an assignment they gave us titled “My Life Now.” Life changing in a wonderful way is how I can explain it. I saw as a mom and a housewife EVERYTHING I did was wrapped around those two titles. I began to think about my future and who I was outside of that. Outside of cheer practices, appointments, laundry and meal prepping. It helped me to realize that while those two titles are important, I needed to learn again who April was. As parents we can easily be swept into the cycle of go and do for everyone except ourselves and we often get run down and over-tired which can ultimately lead to one cranky parent.
Getting Ahead helped me to focus on also taking care of me so that I can take care of my family more efficiently. If you have ever been on an airplane you have heard it been said in case of a crisis to put the mask on yourself first then others. In my case so that I can take care of my children, I have to take care of myself first. It makes sense but in every day mom life I found that hard to do. Until NOW!
I am learning that as a parent I am EPIC to my children. I am their Hero and I have to lead by example. Starfish University classes has uncovered dreams I have put away in a box on a shelf in my mind, a hunger to learn more and an excitement for the future.
I am not only taking care of my family but now I am also taking care of myself. Because of Starfish University I was able to take a cardio drumming class and lost 4 lbs., an Excel class to brush up on some of my computer skills, a class on trauma to help me have a clearer understanding on trauma for my future dream of working with abused women and a credit and financial class to help my husband and I plan better financially and build our credit.
This University has empowered me as a parent and individual. I also was able to make new friends, acquire resources that were helpful for my family, but most of all I am seeing the positive results reflected in my children. My 14-year-old is a motivated A, B student with more A’s that B’s, my 11-year-old was student of the month, my 8-year-old was elected student council, my 10-year-old who once hated school now can’t stop talking about how much he is learning and how fun it is, and my 6-year-old is being led by positivity.
Starfish University has made an amazing impact on me and my family. I implore you to get involved and have your own amazing experience. Let’s rise up as parents and be empowered to be EPIC for our children.