Life After High School: Interview with Tanya Sydnor

Tanya Sydnor

Chapter 5 of my blog-to-book project: Life After High School: Secrets To A Successful Life By Those Who Have Had Twenty Years To Think About It (or) What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School continues via an interview with Tanya Sydnor. If you missed the last post, click here, otherwise, you can start at the beginning here.

Tanya Sydnor

(Formerly Tanya Mann)

Bothell, WA

My Life In High School

Who were you in High School and how did you feel about it?

I was just surviving while in HS

What did you think your life would become when you graduated?

Special education teacher and mother.

My Life After High School

Tanya Sydnor

What happened in your life to you, for you, and by you in the last twenty years (how have you used your time and who have you become)?

Became a teacher went back to school and became a nurse. Went through a bad marriage lost my home due to ex-husband injuries due to addiction. But had 3 beautiful baby’s and got his older two kids too. Remarried to a wonderful man with 3 kids. Now I have 8 children and 2 grandchildren. I am a full-time assistant director of nursing and a full-time mommy.

My Life Lessons

What were the major life lessons and wisdom that you gained during your journey over the last 20 years?

Sometimes not fighting is the strongest thing one can do. Life isn’t always fun but there is beauty to be seen daily. And at the end of the day, one must live with oneself so be true to yourself and love those around you.

Letter To My High School Self

If you could write your 18-year-old self (or however old you were when you graduated) a letter, and send it back in time, what would you say? What lessons, wisdom, encouragement, or warnings would you give yourself?

Keep going.

Next time we take a trip into the interesting and sometimes bizarre world of Eric Pope.


Are you from Generation X? I want to hear what you think! Please comment below and participate in the conversation about What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School. What do you wish someone told you when you were eighteen?


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