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Diana Fernandez was the class president of Pennsauken High, a successful student, and had big dreams of going to an Ivy League university. During a trip to Princeton University, her dreams came shattering down. At age 15, she found out she was pregnant. Being raised by immigrant parents made it hard for her to open up about her pregnancy. Diana discussed how she hid her pregnancy from everyone until it couldn’t be hidden anymore. Once family and friends found out everything changed, she was kicked out of the house, teachers showed disappointment, and her boyfriend at the time became abusive. With an abusive boyfriend, and trying to juggle school and her pregnancy, most would give up, but for Diana this was just a test of motivation. She graduated high school, choose to keep her baby, left her abusive boyfriend, and pursued her dream of going to college. Everything Diana has now she fought for. She is the first of her family to graduate college, and has become successful in her field. All the while raising a child. Diana is an inspiration to all who come to know her.
In 2012 Diana graduated at the age of 21, from Temple University with a Bachelors of science in landscape architecture. Currently at age of 23, Diana works as a landscape designer for Sikora Wells Appel where she has been for about 2 years. Diana is by far the youngest in her firm, with most colleagues almost twice her age. She is not intimated by this, but sees her coworkers as mentors. She now has her own home with her daughter Kayla, now age 7, and her boyfriend Devin. Diana is an example showing that through great struggle a success story can come out of it. This is a day in the life of Diana Fernandez.

Diana Fernandez explaining a current project her firm is working on, as part of a park for William Dick Elementary School in Philadelphia. As a landscape designer she inputs ideas of how the project should look. The sketches in her hand are illustrating how and where the trees in the park should be.  This is taking place in the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 2:32 pm.

Diana Fernandez explaining a current project her firm is working on, as part of a park for William Dick Elementary School in Philadelphia. As a landscape designer she inputs ideas of how the project should look. The sketches in her hand are illustrating how and where the trees in the park should be. This is taking place in the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 2:32 pm.

This picture is portraying a drawing Diana Fernandez’s daughter, Kayla Fernandez, drew for her mother’s office space. The drawing illustrate a happy daughter and mother with the sun above Kayla and the moon above mom. Diana is working in the background inputting prices for her current landscape project.In the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 2:43pm.

This picture is portraying a drawing Diana Fernandez’s daughter, Kayla Fernandez, drew for her mother’s office space. The drawing illustrate a happy daughter and mother with the sun above Kayla and the moon above mom. Diana is working in the background inputting prices for her current landscape project.In the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 2:43pm.

After picking up her daughter, Kayla Fernandez, from Central Elementary School in Haddonfield, she brings her back to the office so that she can finish her work day. Diana sits her daughter in the firm's conference room and unpacks Kayla's snacks so that she is comfortable before getting back to work. Due to the fact that she has no day care provider, her firm allows her to bring her daughter to work after school lets out. In the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 3:03 pm.

After picking up her daughter, Kayla Fernandez, from Central Elementary School in Haddonfield, she brings her back to the office so that she can finish her work day. Diana sits her daughter in the firm’s conference room and unpacks Kayla’s snacks so that she is comfortable before getting back to work. Due to the fact that she has no day care provider, her firm allows her to bring her daughter to work after school lets out. In the office of Sikora Wells Appel in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 during 3:03 pm.

After a long day at work, Diana Fernandez makes dinner for her boyfriend, Devin Bibeau, and her daughter. She is sautéing chicken for the tacos she is making. This picture is taken in her kitchen in her duplex apartment in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 at 7:47pm.  She stated that “I moved closer to work so that my job takes me serious about how invested I am to my job”.

After a long day at work, Diana Fernandez makes dinner for her boyfriend, Devin Bibeau, and her daughter. She is sautéing chicken for the tacos she is making. This picture is taken in her kitchen in her duplex apartment in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 at 7:47pm. She stated that “I moved closer to work so that my job takes me serious about how invested I am to my job”.

The night comes to an end as Diana shows off her family portrait book and reminisces about her past. Diana and her daughter are looking at pictures of Kayla's first birthday. She was explain how the album as a gift for her boyfriend, Devin, as a fathers day gift. In her living room at her duplex apartment in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm.

The night comes to an end as Diana shows off her family portrait book and reminisces about her past. Diana and her daughter are looking at pictures of Kayla’s first birthday. She was explain how the album as a gift for her boyfriend, Devin, as a fathers day gift. In her living room at her duplex apartment in Haddonfield New Jersey on April 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm.

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