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Kaitlyn Gallant

BA Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development, Class of 2017

"I still have so much support and encouragement that helps me want to keep going for more."

My name is Kaitlyn Gallant. I am twenty-nine years old and a single mother of a beautiful little girl. I am originally from Maine, but live in Tampa, Florida. I went to college in New York the first time in 2004. I stayed a year-and-a-half, and then moved to Texas. Three months later, I moved home to Maine. Without a college degree, I struggled a lot. I had to find out the hard way that struggling isn't the way I wanted to live my life. I had my daughter right after my 24th birthday. Since my daughter was born, I have attempted to go back to school three times and have never followed through.

Long story short, my daughter was a year and a half old when her father and I split up, and back to my mother’s house my daughter and I went. That was one of the hardest times for me because I had been on my own for so long. I had no job and no money. It was a tough and stressful. If it wasn't for the love and support from my family, I would have had a mental breakdown. I job-hunted for a few weeks, but nothing was coming up. Finally, I landed a job and got on my feet.

It still wasn't enough. I had this little baby that was depending on me. I knew and felt as though it was finally my time to go back to school. I wanted my daughter to watch me succeed and to know that it has been a struggle, but also that anything is possible if you put your mind into it. Success means more to me then it ever has. Having my daughter has completely changed my world for the better. Success to me now is what is going to shape my life. It clicked for me that there is so much more to life than just parties and hanging out. I still have so much support and encouragement that helps me want to keep going for more.