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Old Today, 10:52 AM
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While I may not agree with her choices, and while she did it on a full ride from the flagship state U, plus i'm sure every state assistance program available, you've just GOT to admire her determination, that she was able to get through at all, after having a baby, while raising a baby.

Two things - no mention of the father of the baby being involved in helping to take care of this kid at all, and no mention of the entire concept of family planning! But at least she's managed not to have another before finishing college.

She raises an interesting point. Should colleges (especially public ones) provide on campus daycare for students and faculty? I think that they should - childcare responsibilities usually fall to women, so for women to be able to participate fully in college, whether they are students or faculty, daycare is a necessity. It doesn't have to be free, but it should accept state vouchers for daycare for poor mothers. The next question is should colleges provide housing for undergrads with children? After all, there is married student housing at many schools, and family housing for married grad students with children, so why not housing for single parent students and their children? But of course, since students are considered "independent" the minute they have a child, the school is really going to have to pay to house not only the student, but also the child, since the student will surely be receiving full financial aid.

That means that those who are middle to upper middle class and above, now would have the cost of not only poor students' tuition, room and board, but also the child of the poor student rolled into the overall cost of tuition, room, and board. So that a family whose child responsibly puts off reproduction until after college, in essence is forced to pay for someone who doesn't.

And yet, you gotta give kudos to this young woman who battled her way to a degree, while raising an infant as a single mother.
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Old Today, 11:11 AM
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All of the colleges I know provide daycare and childcare for students and faculty. It is usually part of their child development program, so it allows students getting a degree in early childhood development and education to work with children and it provides care for parents. Win/win if you ask me.
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Old Today, 11:31 AM
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It does say that about 20% of undergrads are navigating this situation as well. While her story is not unique, hearing it gives others hope. It's a good story.
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