New “School” Parents

Parenthood in college has become more frequent throughout the years.  Raising a child and being a college student is not an easy task to take on.

Tyeisha Steele is a part-time student at Miami Dade College and a full-time worker and parent. She said she has to balance work, school and her children all in one day.

“I adore my little girls and don't mind being tired most days because I know I’m working towards a goal. My goal is to provide a better life for my children,” said Steele

Some have support from their family, close relatives or friends to help them either financially or to take care of the children when they are at school or at work.

Tyquanna Tutt, a full-time student and mother of one, believes her mother and sister are gifts from God when it comes to helping her take care of her 6-year-old daughter I’yanna Edwards.

“I thank God for my mother and my sister. I don't know what I would do without them. There always they’re for me when I need them,” Tutt said “If I ever have to work late and can’t pick my daughter up, one of them will. Or even if I have to study for an exam one of them might keep her for the night so I can study.” .

According to recent reports from the National Center for Education Statistics, more than one-fifth of all undergraduates are parents. Approximately 75 percent hold down a job with more than half of them logging over 35 hours a week at work.

Travis Delandro is a full-time parent and student at Florida International University.  As far as government assistance, he receives financial aid and child care money.

“I get money for tuition and books.  I’m grateful that financial aid covers all my schooling cost. I don’t think I would be able to attend school without it. I’m also enrolled in a program that helps pay for my son’s daycare expenses,” Delandro said.  

Steel encourages young parents not to give up on their dreams. She said it may be hard, but not impossible. All you have to do is have faith and believe in yourself.