For My Unborn Child
Carmelita from Michigan, GED Student
I’m 15 years old, and I went from being an A/B student to getting straight Fs. I let my social life take over my dreams of going to college and becoming the doctor I wanted to be. I haven’t lived with my mother since I was 11. I was always off with boys in the streets until I realized that doing all of those things wasn’t putting money in my pockets. It wasn’t going to feed me or help take care of my unborn child. I want a better life for me and my baby. I’ll be 16 in April. I dropped out of school this year. A 10th grade semester of classrooms filled with kids worse off than me, fighting and doing other things... These things aren’t helping me get the education I need. So in order for me to live a better and more successful life, I feel I need to get my GED certificate.
I have no friends to support me. The only family member who supports and believes in me is my mother. Other than her, I have my boyfriend who stands behind me and supports me through all my obstacles.
I’ve been arrested. I’ve been facing court battles back to back. I’ve been in too many situations that have put my life and others in danger. I got away from that by not hanging with the same people that got me into trouble. I keep to myself, and I do what I have to do to take care of me.
I hope to be able to get my GED certificate and not just get a job, but become the nurse or doctor I want to be. I want to live worry free, out the hood, and be somebody. I want to make not only my parents, my boyfriend, and myself proud, but I want to be able to tell my child I made it. That I did it for him/her.