Class Act: Single Mom Blazes Her Way To College

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DALLAS — When something comes along that changes your life forever, you get to decide if that change is for the better. That’s exactly the choice Tatiana Gonzalez made, our Class Act of the Week.

Gonzalez is a senior at Molina High. Working a job and getting straight A’s, she’s blazed her way to college where she wants to focus on either political science or business, and she’s done it all while being a mom.

“I have a son, I had him at 17 and it was really hard at first and I got through it with the help of my parents, my teachers,” said Tatiana. “My mom had me at a very young age, she was like ‘you can do it, I did it, so you can do it.’”

That support helped drive her through high school and into her next steps.

“I wanted to make a change I didn’t want it to be like ‘oh she’s a young girl, has a child, won’t accomplish anything,’” Tatiana said. “I was like, no I’m going to do it, I’m going to go to college, I’m going to prove to everyone that it’s possible if you set your mind to it.”

Through it all, her young son Nathaniel has also been an inspiration.

“I look at him and I’m like ‘wow, this is a blessing.’ Most people don’t have this blessing and to come this far with school and my son, it’s very good.”

Gonzalez’s success is an inspiration, and she hopes her story will remind other girls in the same situation, that whatever they’re going through, they aren’t alone.

“There’s a lot of people out there out there who want you to become successful.”

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