Proud of My Nontraditional Student

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So, it seems really odd to get this text from your mom when it’s nearly midnight. But by this point, I’m used to it.

Let’s back up for a second.

If you know my mom, you know she’s one of those “life-long learners.” I already did a speech about that, and how it’s something that I will always cherish, so I’m not going to go over that again. Instead of talking about how much she inspires me, I want to take a moment to talk about how proud I am.

Now, it’s extremely weird going to college with my mom. Of course, she’s back home at a different school, but it’s funny helping my mom edit a paper. I genuinely enjoy it, to be honest.

At this point, I have no idea what she’s pursuing at this point. A nurse? I’m thinking? I don’t even know. But that’s not because I don’t care. It’s because I know how independent she is, and I know that she’s going to be successful with whatever she’s doing—no matter what.

Since I can remember, my mom has always been in school. I remember going to her graduation when she received her Associate’s. I remember getting a perm while she was in Cosmetology school (HORRIBLE mistake, by the way). I remember when she started taking classes on how to change the oil on the car, or putting antifreeze in a fridge. Now she’s in clinicals…

I know nothing about any of that stuff, but she does. And it’s awesome.

It’s awesome, because my mom is essentially super mom. She carries a full-time job at my parents’ restaurant, yet still finds the time to run marathons and take classes. No matter how untraditional, she’s always finding a new dream and finding a way to make it happen. And as much as that inspires me, it also makes me incredibly proud.

Although I may seem biased, I think more people should be like my mom. No matter how old you are, no matter how many times you say to yourself that you can’t do something, no matter what’s in your way, I think we should all take into account this amazing woman. She is proof that you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter the circumstances.

I am so honored to be this woman’s daughter. I am so happy that my mom can continue to set goals in life and pursue them, no matter what her circumstances are. I truly hope that she knows that.

Thanks for reading,


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