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Your Turn/Jennifer Peters

Posted: Nov. 5, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 6, 2017 8:30 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to ... work in an office -- I loved to play with office supplies and organize them -- or be a teacher. I guess I combined the two.

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling with family and friends, visiting museums, attractions and, of course, the beach.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have naturally curly hair. I have it professionally straightened because I don't like my curly hair. There is just no controlling it. It drives me crazy.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Getting my bachelor's degree from Quincy University. I was the first in my family to go to college, which is why I'm so passionate about my job. This accomplishment has helped me achieve a life I never thought possible.

It really stinks when ... I can't find something. I'm a pretty organized person, but not so great at time management sometimes, so it really bothers me to waste time looking for something, especially when it's not where it should be.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Nice, I guess? That's what other people tell me.

I always laugh when ... I watch cat videos and listen to my daughter sing. She always picks the most interesting things to sing about -- "Mommy take shower" and "This is my number two song." And yes, that refers to what you think it does!

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My husband's and my grandparents. I would love to hear more about our family history.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... play with my kids. Just get lost in the joy that our kids find. Also, sometimes have a glass of wine.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... probably not going to amount to much or do anything with my life. I was not very motivated to succeed back then.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I've never bumped into anyone famous, but I did get to hear from some amazing speakers and supporters of TRiO programs at conferences for Council for Opportunity in Education. I got to hear the CEOs of Boeing, Ford and GE speak in Washington, D.C. It was truly amazing to hear so much support for the students to have access to higher education.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to a Pink Floyd concert.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... I can't think of much I wouldn't do for a million dollars!

America should be more concerned about ... what they're dumping into their bodies. I have watched my loved ones' health decline so much because of eating habits and medication (that we all assume is OK as an American). Not that I eat the most healthy, but it really makes a difference in how I feel when I do.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... music. Since I used to work at Sam Goody in the mall (now FYE), I accumulated a lot of music.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google or Pinterest. I always love organizing and planning parties.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Never worry alone. My college adviser at Quincy University, Cindy Peck, gave me this advice. I think it really helped with having anxiety about doing anything new. It's such good advice that I have passed it along to others as well.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... a variety of music. It really depends on my mood. Some of my favorites include Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Katy Perry, Tool, Imagine Dragons, One Republic and I currently really like Lindsay Sterling, a violist with dubstep playing in the background.

I always get sentimental when ... thinking/talking about the love of my family and friends or a serious case of child abuse.

The older I get, the more I realize ... time is more important than money, and I never seem to have enough time to do all I want. I always want to spend more time with my kiddos and family.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have tried to graduate from college sooner, so that I could begin my family sooner. I have a 3-year-old and just had a baby while also experiencing the declining health of my father, which usually don't happen at the same time. If I would've had kids sooner, my kids would've had more time with their grandfathers.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I don't really have one.

If I've learned anything at all ... Be grateful and appreciative of everything. It will cause you to be positive in your relationships and look for the best in others, which will in turn bring the best of others back to you.

Jennifer Peters, 36, is manager of the TRiO Upward Bound program at John Wood Community College. She is married to Derek Peters, and they have two children -- Cailee, 3, and Carsyn, 6 months. Her primary activity is being a mom. Before kids she enjoyed making jewelry, going to concerts and reading.