At the young age of fourteen, a freshman in high school, I became a mother to a beautiful baby boy. Everyone kept telling me I was ruining my life. I had to prove to both myself and others that they were wrong. Although it was very difficult I managed balancing a part time job, school, and the responsibilities that come with being a single mother. In June of 1997 I graduated in the top tenth percent of my class. My current goal is to return to college in the fall of 2012 to complete my nursing degree in which due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to complete after high school.