site map
contact us
community media
  Recent Headlines
 
University to Host One-Man Show: "A Christmas Carol"

Averett Holds Annual Christmas Celebration

Equestrian Studies Hosts CT Show

Student Club Raises Money for Lifestraw

IHSA Team Places Fourth

Barringer Emerges as Leader on, off Volleyball Court

Graduates Land Jobs

Pop Art with a Modern Twist

Artist Draws Inspiration from Family & Friends
   
  Theatre Department to Perform "I Never Saw Another Butterfly"

IHSA Team Wins

Miller Earns 500th Career Victory as Head Coach

 
 
 
 

Single Mother Defies Odds


August 2, 2011




According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States - parents who are responsible for raising 21.2 million children, an estimated 26 percent of those children are under 21. No one wants to be a statistic, least of all Melanie Watkins, who discovered she was pregnant when she was 16 years old. As a young woman who had grown up dreaming of being a doctor, this realization was quite a blow.

Raised by a single mother, Watkins knew it was going to be a challenge to raise her child on her own and still pursue her dream. But that's exactly what she decided to do. Beating the odds, she has created a brighter future for herself and her son, a journey she details in "Taking my Medicine: My Journey from Teenage Mother to Physician."

A graduate of Stanford Medical School, Watkins, who now practices psychiatry at a county hospital in Northern California, will share her story at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Averett's Blount Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Watkins' visit is part of the University's annual Authors on Campus Series.