A single mother of twins who got pregnant five months into her university programme has successfully graduated with two degrees.
The new degrees, a bachelors in cardiovascular sonography and a masters in health science are an addition to her already acquired bachelors in biology.
The 23-year-old mum identified as Montoya Major in a chat with TODAY Parents revealed how she got pregnant only five months into her programme at Nova Southeastern University.
Montoya had moved to Florida for the dual-degree programme but unexpectedly got pregnant.
“My initial thought, when I found out I was pregnant, was, ‘What am I going to do with a child?’” she said.
This made her studies really difficult as she was away from family and friends.
Montoya juggled her task as a mother with her task as a student, losing sleep at night and showing up for lectures still.
Speaking about her struggles, she said, “During that semester, I had one day that I was required to be in class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and like any new mum, I did not want to be away from my babies.”
She explained how she “physically felt and looked terrible. I had body aches and incision pain, not to mention the lack of sleep.”
Aside from academic and motherhood struggles, Montoya also suffered other challenges with a roommate in her off-campus apartment raising concerns about the babies crying.
Montoya thanked her twin daughters, her parents and friends for supporting her while announcing the successful completion of her programmes on July 20.