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28-year-old mother of 3 graduates US university, bags 2 bachelors and masters degrees at the same time

28-year-old mother of 3, Deanna Jordan has bagged two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.

Deanna who grew up in Compton, United States got pregnant after high school at the age of 18 and had given birth to three of her sons by the time she was 22.  In a bid to change the situation, she enrolled at West Los Angeles Community College for her diploma.

After two years at West Los Angeles Community College, she transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in African American Studies and Gender Studies and minored in Education.

She was also studying for her master’s degree in African American Studies at the same time. “I needed for my sons to see there was a legacy that preceded them with college. I am the first in my family to go to college,” she said.

 

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A lecturer at the university stated that Deanna studied for all of the degrees at the same time because she had limited time.  While at the university, she founded the Compton Pipeline Taskforce, a volunteer group that mentors students in Compton schools and helps them prepare for college.

Deanna mentioned that she juggled her studies, parenting, and her activism, often sacrificing sleep and comfort. She said she relied on scholarships, grants, and loans to pay for her tuition and expenses.

“I saw the difference in how my boys were in school in Brentwood and then how schools were in Compton where I came from,” she said. Deanna stated that her sons were her main motivation for earning the scholarship.

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Deanna said she wants to use her education and skills to make a difference in her community adding that she plans to go to law school and become a district attorney. She said she hopes to encourage other single mothers and young women of color to follow their dreams.

 

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