While I was still at Holy Names, I earned a full-ride Navy ROTC scholarship to Boston University. My Navy advisor at BU recommended that I apply for the Navy’s Nuclear Engineering program. I didn’t consider myself an engineer, but I love learning, and I knew that there were big bonuses for nuclear-trained officers. One year of Navy Nuclear Power School, one Engineer’s Exam, and three nuclear engineering Reactor Department tours later, and I still take that love of learning and willingness to fail with me! Ten years in, I applied for an Olmsted Scholarship and was awarded the opportunity to live in Spain for three years, learning Spanish and getting a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Cádiz. While in Spain, I had both my kids, Edward and Isabel. My husband was also active-duty Navy, a P-3 pilot. He has since retired and stays home full-time with our kids, now 7 and 9. He is super supportive and amazingly handy.