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People are having children before they accomplish their educational/professional goals all the time nowadays. Some accidentally and some on purpose; regardless, lots of these families have a very rough road of time management ahead! I can attest to that first hand.

A little background about my situation; we weren’t planning to have a baby, at all. I was on Lo Estrin Fe birth control. I was 21 and finishing my 3rd and final year of undergraduate working on my Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a Double Minor in Chemistry & Child and Family Studies. My THEN boyfriend had JUST moved to Memphis, TN to start his career using his psychology degree. I had just been accepted into the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine after my first time applying. My savings was in good standing. My mental health was in good standing. I was very active on campus; I was president of a club, regularly volunteering, traveling, working 2-4 jobs at all times, but life was GOOD. I was going to graduate with my Bachelor’s after I finished my first year of Veterinary School (due to the specifics on the dual program I was in) and then in 2019, I would graduate again with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. I was ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

This is me, January 12, 2015. Probably freshly, unknowingly pregnant. HAHAHA.

I got my acceptance letter to UT right around Valentine’s Day, the same day my boyfriend moved away, and that next week, I just felt the need to take a pregnancy test.. I’ll be honest, I used to take pregnancy test pretty regularly anyway because I was a half-believer in the efficacy of my pill-form of birth control. Plus I wasn’t on the BC for its pregnancy preventing capabilities, I was on it because my menstrual cycle and cramps were OFF the chain and they needed to be tamed, but allowing me to fulfill one of my human needs without consequence was also a nice perk…for a while. Hahaha.

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