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More than for herself

Teen mom also stayed the course for daughter

Abbey Zubia
Age: 22
Occupation: Registered dental hygienist

Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo College.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
It has allowed me to better myself in many ways. Not only has it given me more confidence in being able to stand on my own, but on a daily basis it gives me the opportunity to help people.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
When it came to studying, I can honestly say I was the queen of procrastination. You learn very quickly that there is no room for that if you want to pass your courses.

What is the value of your education?
The value of my education is very important to me. I have sacrificed many things and worked very hard to get to where I am today.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would tell them it's now or never. It may seem like its too hard or too much money at first, but in the long run, it will go by so fast and all be worth it in the end. You also have so many more opportunities with an education.

When did you make education a priority?
Education has always been important to me, and I always knew that I wanted and would go to college, but I can honestly say it became a top priority when I was in high school as a teenage mother. I have always had the attitude that I wasn't going to be another young-mother statistic and that I would go to college and get a degree, no matter what it took.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My daughter. I knew I had to do the best I could so that I would be able to provide for her and myself, and getting an education was, without a doubt, the best answer.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I thought about quitting many times. It can be very stressful, and it takes a lot of long hours of studying and putting the rest of your life to the side. Although, the thing that kept me going was knowing that, sooner or later, I would graduate and, with that, I would have a brighter future for myself and my family.

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