Taking care of five children is no easy task.
Throw in a schedule chocked full of college courses, and there’s barely any semblance of free time.
But, somehow, Angel Mechling manages. In fact, her work ethic has flourished at University of Michigan-Dearborn, as she’s maintained a consistent spot on the Dean’s List.
“Accomplishing these achievements was a struggle, while maintaining a fulfilling home life with my family, but I have found inspiration in the strong women leaders that I’ve met through my experiences on campus,” Angel said. “They keep me academically focused, and gave me the example to encourage, inspire and support other women in their academic journeys.”
Angel’s ability to balance school and family life earned her the title of “Difference Maker.”
“Angel is a nontraditional student who has shown extreme dedication to campus, while balancing a family at home,” said Jonathan Larson, student affairs program manager.
Angel’s admiration for women in leadership roles inspired her to establish Friends, Leaders, Women, Role Models, Students (FLWRS) at UM-Dearborn. The organization’s goal is to bring together women of all faiths in order to teach them leadership skills through community service.
“We want women to feel they can take a leadership role in whatever experiences they encounter,” she said. “We have already, in our short time as a student organization, taught our members to be community speakers and take action on and off campus.”
Through the organization, Angel has helped raise money and awareness for local and national relief efforts. She also plans to organize a walkathon to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
“Giving women the tools they need to take care of themselves and their communities is the most important way I have found to make my corner of the world a bigger and better place for everyone in it,” she said.