From Waitressing to Dream Job At NASA: How One Mom Did It


Women@NASA: Cristine Dundas
Women@NASA: Cristine Dundas



"I'm a 35-year-old mother of three in my third marriage, working as a waitress, and have let life around me 'just happen.' I exist in a reactionary state of mind." That was me 11 years ago when I decided it was time to take control of my life, become proactive and make choices to live my life.

After finishing high school, going to college was something I never wanted to do. I graduated high school as an average student and did what was necessary to finish and nothing more. Today, I have completed three two-year degrees, all with honors and graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 4.0 with my bachelor's of science in occupational safety and health. Who knew I had it in me? Not me. I went from being an average student letting life happen to becoming a college graduate who now makes life happen.