"Nevertheless, my mom persisted"
Austin W.: "My mom is a professional chef. The way my mom models persistence was she was not allowed for some of her jobs to work there because they were only looking for men, which is not fair. My mom can cook better than some men. She can cook better than my dad."
Parker M.: "My mom is a teacher here. Persistence means meeting her goals even if it's hard to even touch them. One time she persisted is when she was trying to get her master's degree and she had to take care of me and my sister. And she had to work overnight and on the weekends. But at the end, she got her master's degree."
Ayan C.: "One of my mom's favorite singers is Biggie Smalls. He says: 'You know very well who you are. Don't let them hold you down, reach for the stars.' My mom knows how this works."
Lucas O.: "What she thinks persistence is is just trying to do her best no matter how hard it is and sometimes that things aren't perfect, but who cares. Some challenges she had were trying to raise a family while also running a company, and being an immigrant from the Ukraine."
Joshua M.: "My mom says that persistence to her is to keep trying, don't give up, don't get frustrated. She shows persistence daily, she's gone back to working as a lawyer. It turns out she gets frustrated. But she doesn't give up because she knows she's focusing on a long-term goal, which is to take care of her family and become a better lawyer."
Harry F.: "To my mom, persistence means three things: always try your hardest, never give up even in tough positions, and there are more ways to overcome obstacles than just one. My mom moved to the US when she was 12 from Bangkok, Thailand and she had a really hard time because she didn't know any English and the US was new to her. She had to make new friends and go to a new school. My mom didn't let anything stop her from being a kid, doing what she wanted, and being happy. And I'm glad she persisted."
Jaiden M.: "To my mom, persistence means never giving up when you get a no from someone. If you have an idea and someone says no to you, you should keep pushing until you get a yes from someone, because there's always someone out there who can give you a yes. Persistence has helped her become the first African American female on the state medical board."