On August 16, Montoya Major will graduate with a bachelor’s in cardiovascular sonography and a master’s in health science from Florida’s Nova Southeastern University. This is amazing accomplishment considering she birthed twin daughters during the program.
Excited about her achievements, Major shared her good news via Facebook and her post went viral. Shockingly her post got 3,000 likes and over 1,000 shares.
“I never would have been able to weather the challenging season of life without the support of family and friends, especially me dad,” Major tells Fox News.
Major began her dual degree program at Nova Southeastern in May 2017, soon after receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University that same year. 700 miles away from home and five months later, Montoya finds out she’s expecting twins. She was shockingly surprised.
“My initial thought, when I found out I was pregnant, was, ‘What am I going to do with a child?'” Major told Today. “I was living in Florida, away from all my family and friends. Having kids was never a thought of mine. I wanted to pursue my degree and establish a career.”
“I knew that now, my entire thought process would have to be re-evaluated, and I needed to figure out what to do next,” she continued.
With two babies on the way, Major was told that it was “nearly impossible” to complete her degree. She remained extremely focused attending class “every single day literally until the day I gave birth,” according to her viral post on Facebook.
In May 2018, little Makenna and Makinlee were born early via C-section. One week later, Major was back in the classroom.
“During that semester, I had one day that I was required to be in class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and like any new mom, I did not want to be away from my babies,” she told Today. “I physically felt and looked terrible. I had body aches and incision pain, not to mention the lack of sleep.”
“It honestly seemed as though everywhere I turned, there was another situation trying to stop me,” Major continued. “When the girls were sick, I had to miss days to care for them. When I simply just needed a break or to do schoolwork, I didn’t have that.”
“I am a completely different person since giving birth,” Major told Yahoo Lifestyle. “I honestly feel like if it wasn’t for them I would not have been the strong woman I am today. I would have never physically, mentally, or spiritually pushed myself in ways that I have since they were born.”
“My father, siblings, children, and I plan to travel [to Fort Lauderdale] for me to participate in the commencement ceremony. We also will be turning the trip into a mini vacation and taking the girls to Disney World,” the proud mom told Fox News. “I’m really excited to take them because my dad used to take me to Disney World almost every summer and now I will be able to do the same with my children.”
“I don’t let the negative comments get me down because I have accomplished and been through so much in these past two years,” she told Fox News. “I will always be happy for myself because I have an education that no one could ever take away from me. In the end I will forever be able to provide for my children.”
“I just want to inspire other parents regardless if they are married or doing it completely alone to go for their dreams. Having a child is not the end of your education,” Major mused of her story’s greater impact. “You will go through many obstacles but ultimately you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Major and the toddlers will relocate to Mobile to be closer to family as the new grad hunts for a job.
If she can do it, so can you!
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