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If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to not be negatively influenced by people who do not value academic pursuits. I remember when I was about to graduate from college for my B.A. I was a single mother with two children. I had struggled considerably to accomplish this goal. In addition to attending classes full time, I also held down two part-time jobs and took care of my two girls. Near the end of my senior year, I made the decision that I would need to obtain my Master's in order to be fully prepared for the field of work I wanted to pursue. Through all of this I discovered that my eldest child had a learning disability and my studies and my motherly instincts placed me firmly on a mission. I was not going to allow another child and parent to go through what I went through to get the appropriate services for my child. Many people in my circle fought me--or at least if they didn't fight, they surely didn't offer any support. It was not easy. I did stick it out... read more

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