Christina Feldermann felt paralyzed by life circumstances. As a struggling single mom, she was working day to day, trying to make sense of her abusive past relationships while finding a way to a more hopeful future.
One day, she stumbled upon a program offered by Generations College to assist single parents with college tuition. It seemed too good to be true.
“I first learned about Generations while I was scrolling on Instagram,” Feldermann said. “One of the posts about single-parent scholarships came up, and it definitely caught my attention. I was skeptical at first, as I had recently come across a few ‘free college’ advertisements that ended up being scams. I did a bit of research on them, and all appeared legitimate, so I applied. I did not have the highest hopes, but within a week, I was contacted by the school, encouraged to go through with it, and enrolled- and I haven’t looked back!”
Feldermann began the program in September 2022, and after five consecutive semesters of online courses, will finish in May 2024. She hopes to find work as a paralegal, and plans on continuing her education.
“Looking ahead, I’ve been accepted to the University of Michigan for Fall 2024, pursuing a pre-law track with majors in social work and philosophy, with plans to graduate in approximately two years with a bachelor’s degree. I aspire to apply to law school, pursuing a JD while concurrently working as a legal professional and/or social worker,” she said.
Feldermann credits Generations College for giving her a new outlook for the future. The online discussion forums allowed her to express her opinions freely and find her own voice.
“Education, in any form, is a powerful tool for transformation,” she said. “The professors played a massive role in reinforcing this newfound confidence. Some, unknowingly, helped me shut the door on the negative view I held of myself. They uplifted, encouraged, and provided the push I needed to persevere.”
Getting to know Christina Feldermann
Where do you live?
Fenton. Born and raised in Connecticut and Arizona.
Daughter, Katerina, age 17, and son Chase, age 4.
What do you like to do on a day off?
On a day off in the winter, I like to snuggle up in bed with a good book and a snack and savor a little solitude. In the summer, outdoor adventures like checking out a new town, hiking, spending a day on the lake and enjoying a good pizza and beer!
The Grafted Root in Grand Blanc. It is such a magical place with amazing food and a great vibe.
A long trip to Ireland and Scotland to explore, take in the culture and museums and enjoy a beer in an Irish pub!
Are you a book person or a movie person?
I’ve been a book person since I was a kid! I’m trying to achieve a goal of reading 100 books by the end of 2024.
I enjoy reading, hiking, concerts, and volunteering with local women’s shelters. I recently started learning how to garden, so I’m really looking forward to spring and summer when I can build a new garden.
Advice for single parents going back to school?
Do your best not to stress too much about how you’ll manage your time. Take it one day at a time. Find your learning style, and adjust your schedule and priorities from that. Keep your sights on the end goal you want to achieve and find time to make sure you are taking care of yourself!