I'll never forget the day that I found out that I was pregnant with my little one. It was a week before high school graduation and I was filling out applications for colleges in France and working at a local department store.
I went to a coworkers house after work to take a pregnancy test because my "monthly gift" hadn't blessed me with a visit.
When those faint pink lines appeared indicating that I was pregnant...initially, I was devastated. At that time I thought that all of my dreams were ruined, and it was my fault.
It was the day after high school graduation when I gave my mother the news.
I was going to be a mom.
My mother was shocked, my brother cried, my sister was too young to really react and my dad wasn't as upset as I thought he'd be.
It seemed like everyone was disappointed and thought that this was it for me. I'd have a baby, life would be hard, and I'd end up being another statistic. I don't blame them for thinking this way, and it was partially my impression of how they felt that helped me strive to prove them wrong.
I knew that having a baby was not going to prevent me from pursuing my dreams and going to college...(perhaps just not a college in France).
So that Fall I enrolled at the local community college and busted my butt to do well and get out of there in 2 years. One semester I even took 25 credit hours! That's how determined I was to reach my goal! During my first year of college I literally breastfed and cared for my little guy while reading and writing papers...But I
survived thrived, and I received my A.A. with honors Spring 2010. Fall 2010 I enrolled at NIU and earned my B.A. degree May, 11 2013.
Throughout my college career my lowest grade was a C in Art History...aside from that I kept all A's & B's (mostly A's), and I am so proud of this accomplishment & it was an amazing feeling to walk across that stage because I EARNED IT!
I am not going to sit here and tell you that this journey was easy. It was actually far from it...
There will be times that you struggle with your roles as parent and student, there will be many sleepless nights, lots of tears and frustration...but you can do it! & I promise you that it will be worth it in the end. Your little one(s) will be so proud of you!
If I can do it, you can do it!
I am so thankful that I was able to get an amazing education, meet amazing people and have amazing experiences. I feel truly blessed for my opportunities! But I couldn't have done it without supportive friends and family!
So to those that were there for me I thank you, and I love you!
Thank you for reading!