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Selma Cedillo

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Bio

I am a student at Pasadena City College. Future RN👩‍⚕️. Teen mom to Sage. Beating the statistics 📚

Education

Pasadena City College

Associate's degree program
2023 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      -

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Huntington Hospital Volunteer in Med Surg unit
        2023 – 2023
      La Matriz Sagrada Scholarship
      Winner
      I was 15 years old, at the end of my sophomore year of high school, and didn’t know I was going to deliver a baby in the next three weeks. I had what was called a Cryptic pregnancy. It is one situation to have a rare pregnancy like this in your mid-20s or later on in life but it is another situation when you have this rare pregnancy as a teenager. When I found out I was pregnant so many thoughts ran through my mind. I didn’t have as many options as other mothers; either deliver the child or have a “late-term” abortion, which is technically an abortion done in the third trimester. I kept thinking “What am I going to do?”. I was 15 making life-altering decisions. I was in a state of dissociation from the day I found out I was pregnant until after my child turned one. I had my mother by my side during those three weeks that led up to my due date but at the same time, I didn’t. I saw that she was going through every emotion in the book and that meant more than my feelings. I didn’t care about myself or my feelings. What was important to me was everyone else’s feelings and how they thought of me. It was like I had no time to care about myself because I had to think about what my next steps were and if I was going to do it alone. Fast forward, my mother allowed me to live at home and help me raise my child because I was a single mother. I decided to finish my education in the public school I was at. Every decision I made had to be chosen for the right reasons. I decided to take college classes during the summers as a high schooler and some credits that I needed for my senior year which led me to graduate high school earlier than the rest of my class and begin my college education earlier. As a teenager, I had my whole life ahead of me but becoming a teen mother I have had to let some of my dreams go which included what I wanted to become. I always knew I would attend college and that didn’t change but choosing what I wanted to be did. After some long and hard decisions that I discussed with my mom, I set my goal on becoming a Registered Nurse. They have flexible schedules, travel opportunities, are high in demand, and have alternative nursing careers. Just what I need as a mom. Now, I am in my sophomore year of community college and I plan on graduating with my Associate in Science this December. I want my daughter to look up at me and see someone who never lets struggle get in the way of our lives. To know that her mother faced many barriers but beat the 50% of teen mothers who never graduate high school and the 2% of teen moms who earn a college degree until the age of 30. So my daughter knows that pursuing higher education isn’t just so you can earn more money but showing the world and yourself that anything and everything is achievable. Sage (my daughter) is the reason why I push myself every day to be the best person I can be so I can be the best mom I can become.