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Averett Opens Arts@Averett Series With Authors on Campus Series

August 22, 2011

Growing up, most young people dream of being ballerinas, firefighters, doctors or lawyers. Becoming a parent is the last thing on their minds. However, that's exactly what happened to Melanie Watkins. At the age of 16, Watkins, now a psychiatrist and author, found out she was pregnant. On Tuesday, Sept. 6 Watkins will discuss her memoir "Taking My Medicine: My Journey from Teenage Mother to Physician" as part of Averett University's Authors on Campus Series. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel.

"Taking My Medicine: My Journey from Teenage Mother to Physician" details the challenges Watkins faced as a 16-year-old single mother who wanted more for herself and her child. The daughter of a single mother, she knew it was not going to be easy; but she persevered despite the fact that at times she was without a car and had to ride public transportation everywhere. She finished college at the University of Nevada and went on to Stanford University School of Medicine.

Watkins now practices psychiatry at a county hospital in northern California and also has a part time private practice. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed by the California State Medical Board to practice medicine and psychiatry in California.

Watkins has had stories published in "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul," "Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul" and Woman's World Magazine." She has also published several articles in academic publications in obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry.

Averett's Authors on Campus Series is a component of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Reading Critically for Success.