Don’t you just get a heartwarming feeling when you hear about people who stand up for themselves despite the circumstances they find themselves in? That very same feeling we caught from the story of Rachael Campey, a hard-working mom, who allegedly had to leave school when she was 14 because of her pregnancy. According to her, she couldn’t continue school due to the lack of support. Despite this, Rachael did not give up on her goals, as after six years, she has graduated from Leeds Trinity University.
During the years she was studying, she also worked to provide the best possible future for her daughter. Fortunately, all the sleepless nights paid off. On her graduation day, she was seen holding her daughter’s hand as she collected her counseling psychology degree.
See below a picture of her and her six-year-old daughter, Lily-Rose by her side.
Talking about the graduation ceremony, Rachael, from Leeds, said:
I saw Lily-Rose’s face as I put my gown and my cap on when I was getting ready for the ceremony, and it just made it all feel so worthwhile. I just felt a lot of completion throughout the day. I felt overwhelming love and pride from my family, and from myself, as well as my daughter.
As she went on, she explained how before she went onto the stage they pronounced her surname wrong, but her daughter made sure to correct them. “That’s my mummy,” is what she said when Rachael went on stage.
During her studying years, Rachael was a victim of bullies that almost lead her in dropping out of university. But, a strong woman she is, she was determined in going on and working hard. Most of all, it was her daughter who helped her deal with her mental health and her perception of life.
Now, Rachael wants to encourage other single parents to never give up on their goals, saying:
If you’re a young parent and you’ve suffered with mental health issues, it doesn’t mean the end of your goals. You can still work towards them whenever you’re ready.
Just because somebody says you can’t do it doesn’t mean you can’t actually do it, because you can if you really want to.
An inspiring young woman, indeed!