In May 2012, Mende Smith wrote an article in the CWU Pulse Magazine featuring the outside lives of professors. Though this story, I was featured describing my very busy life being a mom to 3 very busy little boys but also a mother by proxy to another 100 college age kids. I don’t take lightly the responsibility I hold for mentoring and helping shape the lives of my students at Central Washington University. These “kids” and their families entrust me with their educational career along with being there for them when they need me. I am grateful I can impact so many students at CWU.