I’m a child of abandonment, poverty, and drugs. I became a mother at 18. Then, a survivor of domestic abuse and single mother at 21. An undergraduate student at 22. A first generation college graduate at 25. A PhD student in the sciences at 26. I’m now 29, still raising my child alone, and struggling to make my way through a terminal degree. Follow my blog for the inspiration, stay when you realize it’s more entertaining than it is inspiring (if you like laughing at grad student fails, that is).