Read Lauren’s story
In her own words
My name is Lauren Davis and I am a single mother to a sweet little boy named Luke, who is two years old. We spend most of our free time playing with cars, at the park, and reading books.
I’m also a junior at Alverno College where I’m studying to be a nurse. I’m minoring in Spanish, and in my free time I volunteer as often as I can with an outreach program for local Latinos providing health-related services.
I also work as a Nurse Assistant, as well as help tutor various nursing classes during the school year.
After I graduate from nursing school, I plan on becoming an oncology nurse. In the future, I hope to go back to school to receive my master’s degree in order to become a nurse researcher or a nurse practitioner.
I am a very self-motived person, but having my son has brought a new source of motivation into my life. I aspire to set a good example for him, so that one day when he’s older he will want to go to school and get an education.
I have been very fortunate, in that I have parents who have supported and encouraged me from day one when I found out I was pregnant, and every day since.
My advice for other single mothers is to follow your dreams! Having children does not make doing so impossible; instead, it makes following your dreams so much more rewarding!
It is important to find a support group or person – someone who will encourage and motivate you even when you feel like giving up.
Always remember, you’re no longer just doing this for yourself – you’re also doing it for your children who are watching you every day!