In 2013, everything changed. Arienza and her husband went through was she describes as a devastating divorce. She lost her house in the process, but she didn’t lose hope.
“I realized I needed to accomplish what I always wanted to do, which was finish college,” Arienza says.
In addition to enrolling at UOPX, Arienza changed jobs, taking a position as a market specialist for another company. The role was challenging, especially as it involved a lot of travel.
“I’d be up all night in the hotel [working on school], knowing that I’d have to wake up early in the morning and do presentations for work,” Arienza recalls.
She was short on both time and money. She had to juggle raising three children as a single parent working full time and going to school. It was a formula that didn’t always feel like it would pan out.