D2 Center Youth Academic Navigator (YAN) Crystal Cardenas is currently featured on the Bellevue University Alumni Blog. On top of being a fantastic YAN for her students here at the D2 Center, Crystal earned her Master of Science in Justice Administration and Crime Management at Bellevue University in December, 2015.
Crystal is the first person in her family to attend college — earning her B.A. at Bellevue in 2010 — and she works full time and is raising a young family. She attributes her success to her family, mentor, and Bellevue University:
“By the time of my graduation, I had two wonderful children, Valeria and Erick, and I was pregnant with my third child, Valentina,” she said. “The struggle was real and it was every day. The issues with daycare and the children being sick, having to work and managing a home, while still attending college kept me on my toes. I was very lucky to have the support of my husband, Erick, my family, friends and the Bellevue University staff.”
Crystal’s experiences as someone who’s “been there” and her positive personality make her excellent role model for her students. We are proud of you, Crystal, and grateful for your hard work!