McClymonds Alum wants high school boys and girls to not give up or drop out
Graduating from UC Berkeley as a single parent at 23 was not easy, and as a young mother, I knew what odds were against me.
I knew I wasn’t expected to finish high school and continue to college. It wasn’t expected for me to keep striving towards my goal and become a college graduate.
Knowing this motivated me to achieve my dreams. It proved to be a struggle to balance life as a parent and an aspiring student, but my family support made the difference.
As I finished high school, my grandmother watched my daughter, which helped me focus on my academics, giving me time to adjust to being a mother. I maintained a 3.5 GPA at McClymonds High School and was in the top of my class.
My parents guided me as I made tough parental decisions in raising my daughter. They let me know I was not alone in facing the challenges of being a teen parent. I am also thankful for their love and support as they pushed me to greater heights and encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
The support did not stop there. I received a lot of support in applying for scholarships. And, through the help of my counselors and teachers, I was able to apply to several colleges. To my amazement, I was accepted to attend 10 colleges and I received several scholarship offers. My first choice was the University of California at Berkeley.
Graduating from college as a young mother may seem like quite an accomplishment, but it is just the beginning for me. I am now applying to graduate schools this fall, pursuing a career in journalism. I know that education is vital but most of all, I know that the loving support of family and friends is critical to motivate one to achieve. As I continue my own education, I will use whatever communication skills I attain to encourage those of my generation both boys and girls, to take advantage of school while you can.