PLAINFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — It’ll be a special Mother’s Day for a Plainfield mother of seven, who’s celebrating her law school graduation.
“It’s been an emotional, exhausting journey,” Jennifer Wood said.
She already had her hands full as a mother of three autistic boys, and stepmother to four other children.
As a non-lawyer, she’d found she was limited in advocating for her special needs children in school, so at the age of 37, she started law school at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Her daily commute from Plainfield took two hours everyday, and after her husband lost his job, she had to work part-time to support the family.
Wood said, as she struggled to juggle all of the demands on her, there was a time that she thought about giving up, but one of her twenty-something classmates kept her going.
“He just said to me, out of nowhere, one time, ‘You’re just Wonder Woman.’ And I said ‘Pardon?'” she said. “And he said, ‘You’re just Wonder Woman to me. You inspire me.'”
Wood said, when she gets her law degree a week after Mother’s Day, her husband and seven children will be cheering her on.
“It’s just really going to be the culmination of a dream. I’m going to be really excited. I already bought waterproof mascara because I know I’m just going to be very emotional about it, very emotional,” she said.