My name is Jessica from El Salvador and I’m a senior at Montgomery Blair High School. What you probably don’t know about me is that I have a four-year-old daughter, Jessly Cristal.
Jessly is a blessing in my life. As she has grown older, I have enjoyed dressing her up and doing her hair. She has made my life worth living. But it has been hard balancing school, my job, and my life as a mother. Somehow I’m still able to manage my life while taking care of my child as well. But I have a hard time trying to balance school, my job, and motherhood. But I am trying so hard to have a good future to give my daughter a better life. I want to find a career to support my daughter.
This experience for me has been very difficult but at the same time I have learned a lesson that now I can tell others my age how hard it is being a young mother when at that time you are still in school. My advice is to think before wanting to do what I did. The thing to think about is to finish school and have fun as a teenager now. But I never was able to go out with my friends because I have to be a responsible mother.
But even though I did not make the best decision, I still pushed myself to finish school. I never had the support of my parents, but that didn’t stop me from raising my daughter and I never gave up. I think I showed to my parents and people that didn’t believe in me that I was able to graduate from high school and be a good mother at the same time. My goal is to further myself by going to college and have a career as a social worker.
I’m so proud because this is my last year in high school and the most exciting thing is that my daughter will be attending school next year. Now I have to educate my daughter by giving her some examples. Maybe she will see how my life was difficult when I was young. This will help her prepare to have a good future by going to school and being successful in her life. I don’t want her to have difficulties that will keep her from graduating. I will be there to help her in everything she needs.
I would like to thank all my teachers that have been helping me throughout my high school career. I thank them for being there for me and helping me every step of the way. I thank them for understanding my situation. I thank my classmates because without them I wouldn’t have been able to get through school as well as I have. I thank my sister-in-law Jackie because she’s been there through the happiness and the obstacles. I see her as a sister I never had.
My experiences have taught me that nothing is impossible if you know how to live with your difficult situations and believe that you are capable of overcoming them.