Step One

I know an associate’s degree isn’t a big deal. It’s only a two year degree. It’s not a huge thing, but for me, I can’t help but be excited. I will have my associates by the end of fall semester… And that is something to be proud of, especially since most girls who have children young don’t finish high school. Let alone get a degree.

But I can’t help but get excited… I’ll be the first grandkid in my family with a degree… Even with having a baby in high school and getting married young. I’ll have done what others in my family didn’t do until much later… And then I’ll go above and beyond that achievement.

My associate’s degree is only step one. Step one of many more steps to come. I’m not sure exactly how many steps there are… but there’s several.

Associate’s degree.
Bachelor’s degree.
Join the military.
Basic training.
Medical school.
Serve my time.
Start my own practice.

It’s a long list of things to do…. but I’m close to being able to cross one thing off of the list. I’m achieving small things on the way towards my goal too… I’m a birth doula now and I got my childbirth education certification. I’m hoping by the end of this year I can apply to take the exam to become an lactation consultant. I should have enough college credits by then. I’ve been debating taking the EMT I class next spring just for fun.

It’s a long road, but I’m on my way. I know that I can do it. Doing it isn’t the hard part. Finding the patience and the time is.


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I am Samantha. I am twenty years old, and have a gorgeous little girl, and a baby boy who I am expecting in May. I am married to my best friend in the entire world. I am a full time student, and am torn between pursuing a career as a midwife, or going to medical school to become an obstetrician.

2 thoughts on “Step One”

  1. Congratulations on almost finishing your Associates Degree! And it is a BIG DEAL! I went to college right after high school and started a family a few years later so I have not traveled your path but my husband has finished multiple degrees during our marriage and subsequent 5 children. It’s not easy and I’m so proud of him just like you and your husband should be proud of you! It’s also exciting that you want more for your children – those are awesome priorities! God bless you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much. It really means a lot to me! Guess what I recently found out? I made deans list! 😀

      I do want more kids, and the best part is… I don’t know how many more!

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