A young woman named Dorothy Miller who gave birth at the at the age of 15 has finally fought to become successful. She bagged a bachelors degree, 2 masters degree and 1 doctorate degree in Nursing.
Dorothy Miller who is the department chair of Health Sciences at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, United States, got pregnant in ninth grade at the age of 15. She did not allow her having a child at a young age to define her life, she went back to school not long after she gave delivered her baby.
Despite her challenges, Miller graduated high school, went to nursing school and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the Lander University. She then proceeded to Regis University for her Master’s degree in Nursing education and South University for her second Masters degree in Public Health with a 4.00/400 grade point average.
Miller has also earned her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Phoenix in the United States.
”What some people saw as a mistake, having a child so young, to me was a catalyst, we came from a lower socioeconomic background. When I got pregnant, I was in ninth grade…I had a wonderful mother when I was going through all that at 15,” Miller recalled.
”Her goal for me was to not stop school. I had my child on a Friday, and my mother made sure I was in school that next Monday ,”she added.
Miller mentioned that when she finished high school, she left her daughter with her mother and joined the military. Immediately she completed her service with the military, she began working two jobs while attending nursing school full time so she could support her children.
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In 2021, Miller launched the first nursing school at St. Andrews Hospital. She mentioned that she presently is running for the North Carolina Board of Nursing with the hope of addressing the shortage of nurses in small towns while continuing to make a huge impact on her students and children.
She credits her children with motivating her to become as successful as she has and hopes that they will follow her path and do great things as well. Miller’s daughter, Bandy, recently became the first graduate of the nursing program.
Bandy said she enrolled in the nursing school, taking classes taught by her mother and other professors. She stated that though it was challenging being the daughter of the founder but still it was worth it.
She said as they called the graduates’ names alphabetically, her name was the first on the list which gave her a full circle moment being the first graduate of her mother’s program.
“She gave me everything I needed to make sure I’m successful. You can imagine the pressure, though, coming through a program that was just established by your mother, being the first one to graduate, trying to make sure that you keep the program going…it’s tremendous pressure, but they say pressure makes diamonds,” Bandy said.
Miller described her daughter’s graduation as the result of her determination and hard work. She added that she is grateful not to have given up on her dreams.
“Nobody should be able to tell you what your future is, I think that if I hadn’t been given the opportunity to have that child, I wouldn’t have accomplished what I did…That has always been my goal, for my kids to do better than I did,” Miller explained.
”And people telling you you can’t do something or you’re not qualified to me is just an open door to say, let me show you,” she added.