I remember learning about Marie Curie as a young girl and then enjoying watching my daughters learn about her in their childhood. What a role model! She was not only the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, but also the first person to win it twice...one for physics and one for chemistry. She developed mobile x-ray equipment during World War II, she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and also founded Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw, two major medical research centres still in use today. Though she struggled with depression early on, she still managed to assist financially in her sister's medical education, who then in turn assisted in hers. When she couldn't afford tuition, she educated herself through books and letters while working as a governess. It is this kind of tenacity that has been encouraging for me in my continued studies with another year behind me in my pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Though on paper I have two more years left, I know it will take longer with part-time studies and I'm okay with that...in fact, I am grateful for this opportunity.