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SUPERWOMAN HOW MY MOTHER FOUGHT FOR MY FUTURE
With March being Women’s History Month, we wanted to do our part to celebrate the innumerable accomplishments of women throughout history. While well-known heroes like Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, and Harriet Tubman are typically who our minds turn to when we think of this event, it’s important to remember that this month is about recognizing the struggles and successes of all women, regardless of fame. That’s why this month, our own Andrea Robayo has volunteered to share the powerful story of a woman who has helped shape her life.
Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, my mother earned
her bachelor’s degree while raising me by herself. As Colombia became
more and more destabilized by bombings, assassinations, cartels, and guerrilla fighters, education once again provided her a ray of hope.
–Bra nnon Lloyd
In 2000, my mother was granted a student visa to come to the United States. I was young, but I remember the move. While studying here, she met my stepdad and started a family of her own. As for me, there was never a question about whether or not I was going to go to college. Thanks to my mother’s example and constant encouragement, I became the second person in our family to earn her bachelor’s degree, and I won’t be the last. My 16-year-old brother is actually in the College Money Guy program right now, though he’s adamant that I don’t help him directly — he doesn’t want his big sister looking over his shoulder, and I respect that. Neither of us would have these incredible opportunities if it weren’t for the sheer grit of our mother. What I find most incredible is that my mom insists she isn’t special. When talking about her story, she always emphasizes that she’s an average person, that her accomplishments haven’t required superpowers. She simply stayed focused on what she wanted in life and refused to take no for an answer. She may not think so, but that sounds pretty super to me.
When I think of inspirational women, I turn to my own mother. While this may sound like a cop-out at first (who doesn’t love their own mother?), I assure you my mom is a force to be reckoned with. I would not be where I am today were it not for her tenacity, bravery, and love of learning. Those strengths are what helped my mother become the first person in our family to get a college education — something that seemed impossible to a kid growing up without shoes in war-torn Colombia. One of 10 children in a poor family, she had to fight most days just for a meal. Eventually, when she was 7, her family got her a worn pair of sneakers so she’d be allowed to attend public school. This turned out to be an incredibly visionary investment.
“In the midst of Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, my mother earned her bachelor’s degree — while raising me all by herself.
Here’s to all the women who fought to give their daughters a brighter future.
My mother didn’t just go to school; she thrived there. Despite having very little food security in a country embroiled in a seemingly endless civil war, she became the first person in her family to graduate high school and go to college. In the midst of
– Andrea Robayo
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