婴儿奶瓶和法律书籍:一个单身母亲是如何在哈佛大学毕业的

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当Briana Williams获得哈佛大学法律学位时,她走过了毕业舞台,就像她在学校的最后一年在校园里的比赛一样 – 抱着她的小女儿抱在怀里.

这位24岁的毕业生在一系列照片中注意到了她5月24日毕业典礼的重要性,这张照片展示了她和她13个月大的女儿伊芙琳的帽子和礼服。威廉姆斯在一篇鼓舞人心的帖子中将这些照片发布到了Instagram上.

“起初,我是我的[边缘化]社区的异常。然后,作为单身母亲,我成了一名统计学家,“她写道。 “接下来,我祈祷 – 为了我的宝贝 – 我将成为一个榜样。”

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I went into labor in April- during final exam period. I immediately requested an epidural so that my contractions wouldn’t interfere with my Family Law grade. And, with tears in my eyes, I finished it. This “biting the bullet” experience is quite quintessential of my time at Harvard. To say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement. Some days I was so mentally and emotionally fatigued that I did not leave my bed. I struggled with reliable childcare. It was not atypical to see me rushing through Wasserstein to the Dean of Students’ office with Evelyn in her carriage, asking DOS can they keep her for a few until class was over. If not, she’d just have to come with me to class. Evie attended classes often. So I’m going to be honest with you guys.. I didnt think I could do it. I did not think that, at 24 years old, as a single mom, I would be able to get through one of the most intellectually rigorous and challenging positions of my life. It was hard. It hurt. Instagram can make peoples’ lives seem seamless, but this journey has been heartwrenching. However, I am happy to say that I DID do it. Today, Evelyn in my arms, with tears streaming down my face, I accepted my Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. At first, I was the anomaly of my [marginalized] community. Then, as a single mother, I became a statistic. Next, I pray that- for the sake of my baby, I will be an example. Evelyn- they said that because of you I wouldn’t be able to do this. Just know that I did this BECAUSE OF YOU. Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to be invincible. Let’s keep beating all their odds, baby.

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这篇文章也引起了人们的关注,威廉斯包括去年她在劳动期间如何完成期末考试 – 以及她如何立即要求进行硬膜外麻醉,以便我的宫缩不会影响我的家庭法等级。

事实证明她没有什么可担心的.

永远不要错过TODAY Parenting时事通讯的育儿故事!在此注册.

“那个学期我做得很好。每个学期我都做得很好,“她从洛杉矶告诉今天,她现在居住并将很快工作:威廉姆斯已经在该地区一家大公司的诉讼部门找到了一份工作。.

但就目前而言,她正在七月份参加律师考试,让她没有多少时间在聚光灯照耀下她刚刚完成的壮举.

单 mom Briana Williams graduates from Harvard law school
1岁的伊芙琳对她妈妈Briana Williams的毕业感到很兴奋!@ lovexbriana / Instagram的

威廉姆斯说,她开辟了关于她的旅程的部分原因是因为很少有人在Instagram上关注她,因此了解她去年经历的疲惫过度的情绪过山车.

“在社交媒体上,我们看到了很多人的结果,但我们看不到他们的流程。我的社交媒体并没有显示我熬夜的夜晚,所有的尿布,我过去曾独自抚养伊芙琳的挣扎,“她说。”我只是想分享我的故事,因为我觉得它非常有力,我希望它会让其他人也有这种感觉。“

威廉姆斯独自抚养伊芙琳,但得到了哈佛社区的大力帮助。由于费用的原因,她避免使用日托,而是将这些钱用于储蓄和生活费用,她依靠朋友照看孩子。她有时还带女儿去上课.

“如果我需要携带Evie,我会给我的老师发电子邮件,他们会很好,”她说.

单 mom Briana Williams graduates from Harvard law school
伊芙琳经常和哈佛大学法学院的母亲一起上课.@ lovexbriana / Instagram的

她还有一个特定的建筑,里面装满了她知道在绑定时可以依赖的人.

“如果我知道埃维当天不会保持冷静,我会把她送到学生办公室的院长那里,我真的需要集中注意力,”她说。 “他们都爱她在那里。”

威廉姆斯承认,有很多天她不认为自己会成功,但她希望她的成就会激励他人.

“生活中发生的一些事情发生在我们身上是不幸的,但我们不应该让外部环境决定我们如何利用它们前进,”她说。.

“你可以用一些东西作为拐杖,或者你可以用可以激励他人的方式将它们添加到你的证词中,”她补充说。 “如果你采取这种形式的心态与每一个发生的负面事情,你最终总会获胜。”

威廉姆斯觉得她别无选择,只能为了女儿而取得成功,她的女儿在她的Instagram帖子结束时感谢.

“感谢你给我力量和勇气,让我立于不败之地,”她写道,“让我们继续战胜他们,宝贝。”