Again, nothing is permanent and you are responsible for your own happiness. So I have to focus on that and I can’t wallow in misery when I have two other people that I am responsible for, and I don’t want to be a poor role model for them. I don’t want them to see work is stressing my mom out, “Oh my god, I don’t want to get a job when I’m older.” Because I don’t want them to think that life is tough. I don’t want them to think I’m weak either. So that’s my biggest—it’s not the best thing in the world, but I try not to be emotionally upset around them, and they’re always around.
Melanie Bonsu is a thirty-four-year-old bi-racial woman who has spent the majority of her life in the Worcester area. She loves Worcester and states it is a big city with a small town feel. Her father is from Ghana and her mother is from Philadelphia, PA. Melanie has a close relationship with her parents to this day and relies on them for a lot of support. She had her first child when she was a senior in college and moved back to Worcester for the support of her parents. She is a single mother of a four-year-old and a twelve-year-old and delights in all of the things that her two boys do. Melanie graduated from Worcester State University with a degree in language and literature arts. She has worked at a digital publishing company as a project manager, at UMASS Memorial in the marketing and communications department, and at Girl Scouts of America as the Fund Development Manager. Melanie enjoys her job with the Girl Scouts and working for a non-profit. She believes the Girl Scouts have a good mission and she likes that she can represent that in her work. Melanie’s pride and joy are her children and she speaks very highly of them, and always wanting to be the best role model for them. Melanie is passionate about her job and her children, and is a great role model for women in general.