This mom is smart! Learn about Kimberly and her family in this spotlight article. A young mom can still have knowledge!
Tell us about yourself and your family:
My boyfriend and I had our daughter when I was 16. I’m now 18 and my daughter is just over 2 years old. We live in Riverside, California but we’re originally from South Gate, California. We moved to Riverside so that I can attend the University of California, Riverside (UCR). I’m a freshman working on my B.A. in Political Science/Law and Society. I was recognized by my high school out of all the other teen moms for being intellectual (my high school has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in California). I only missed one week of school after labor because I had straight A’s and needed to keep them; when I got back, I worked hard and kept them. I started my senior year of high school as a mom with a 4.0 GPA. I’m not attending one of the best UCs because I applied to a lot of ʺsafe schoolsʺ (schools want students who are smart enough not get pregnant). I did though apply to the highest competitive Cal States, and got into all of them, one of them being Cal Sate Long Beach but ultimately, I wanted to attend UC so I picked UCR. My boyfriend attends the University of Phoenix and is a 3rd year working on his B.S. in Criminal Justice. Our daughter is a fun, smart, know-it-all,independent little girl.
What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?
My biggest concern when I found out I was pregnant was, money. I tried not to stress as much because there’s always a solution to everything.
What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I don’t treat myself often, I just make sure I have my make-up done daily and wax my eyebrows regularly. I only relax when my apartment is clean.
What are your favorite things about being a mom?
My favorite thing about being a mom is acknowledging that a little beautiful human has unconditional love for you.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years I see myself applying to grad school, taking my LSATS to attend law school, or working on something that requires me to put my B.A. in use. There are many different routes I can take but what I am sure of is, that I will continue to go to school. I want to receive a degree higher than a Master’s.
What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?
I advise young moms to never give up. If you feel that you’re stuck, don’t stay stuck, keep on going. Break young/teen mom statistics. When a person hears or finds out about a young mom, they picture a life of ruin; it is your job to prove them otherwise. Don’t ever let anyone bring you down and settle for less. Be successful and NEVER GIVE UP. There is life past one’s obstacles.
What an inspirational story that Kimberly has to share!
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