A Single Mom and School.

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A Single Mom and School

I am a twenty-eight year old single parent. I have four children, three boys and a

girl, their ages are eleven, eight, five, and one. My life is pretty hectic. I love my

children more than anything in the world, I would not send them back now if I could.

But, sometimes I can't help but thinking how different and easier my life would be if I

would have waited until I accomplished my goals. Sometimes I sit, looking around at the

people who are younger than me, and I think that this was supposed to be what I am

doing, or should have done. Since I am twenty-eight I should have been graduated from

college. I envy those who were able to go straight to college after high school and get to

live on campus. I was not able to experience, the "college life".

I wanted to go to Clark

State in Atlanta, Ga. but was unable to because I had a child.

I had my first son at the age of sixteen; I was a junior in high school. My mother

was furious and my father didn't talk to me for a long time. Everyone was convinced that

I would not graduate from high school, and make anything of myself. But I had other

Plans, for my family. It really disappointed me that they had not faith in me. I was

determined to prove all of them wrong. I graduated from high school, I went to a

technical school for Medical Assisting. It was a ten month program. Mainly I chose that

school because it was convenient to home. I also had a friend that I went to high school

with that was attending the school also. Since she had a car and...