Operation Graduation 2011 Essay: Lorena Roman (Athens, Ala.)

Date: May 22, 2011

What am I going to do now?

That’s the question that kept going through my mind when I had found out I was pregnant at age 15. I never thought that this was going to happen to me, and I didn’t want to accept the fact that I was pregnant. When my mom found out I was pregnant, she looked at me, and tears came rolling down her eyes. That’s when I realized I had just thrown my teenage years away.

I had to go to school while I was pregnant, and I was the center of attention and the gossip of every one at school. I would cry every day before school because I knew that another hurtful thing would be said about me. I hated the fact that I had to raise my baby on my own, and then one day I just told myself this is it and decided to tell my counselor that I was going to quit school and start working. She then told me about Ombudsman.

When I came for the first year, I really liked it, and I got ahead and on task with all of my work, so I decided I wanted to go back to my home school. I only attended my home school for one week and my boyfriend told me I could no longer go to school because he had been fired from work, and that he no longer was going to be able to provide money for gas and for the babysitter.

Lots of bad things happened to us the beginning of the year, but I decided I had to do something to change my daughter’s future and my future because I had found out I was going to have another baby.

This is not what I wanted, but it was too late to try to do anything. I decided to find a way to go back to Ombudsman.

When I got here at Ombudsman, I knew I was going to graduate because the teachers where so nice to me and the hours I had to attend here were just perfect for my schedule. Ombudsman gave me hope, and taught me things I wouldn’t have learned somewhere else. I learned that all things are possible if you dedicate to doing what you want.  The thing that I loved about Ombudsman was that you get to work at your own pace and that the teachers are wonderful and always there to help those that need it.

Thanks to Ombudsman, I was able to take care of my two daughters and still attend school without having to worry about me getting behind or not graduating. At Ombudsman, everything is possible if you set your mind to it.

I had to work a full time job, twelve hours a day, five days a week for me to get money for the babysitter and for gas money so I could drive to Ombudsman, but it was all worth it because I will be graduating, and I will be giving my daughters and myself a better future.

My two daughters are the reason I did all this, but I also did it to make my mother happy, proud of me and to make up for all those bad moments I made her go through.


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