Moms Whose Children Motivate Them to Succeed

SNU Mother at Graduation

Being a mom is one of the most challenging, rewarding vocations a person can have. In fact, Psalm 127:3 says, Psalm 127:3: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward.” Many women across campus, including students, are raising children and leading by example by pursuing higher education and bettering themselves. Some of these students shared how having children has pushed them to succeed.

Ijeoma “I.J.” Popoola, M.A. In Administration of Special Education and Ed.D. in Administration and Leadership

Current SNU Mother and her children
Ijeoma and her daughters

“I do this for my daughters because there is a Proverbs 31 woman inside of them who will help change the world they live in to advance careers in Education, STEM, Business, Arts and Entertainment , Government and Non-Governmental Organizations. I want them to know women can do all things but through Christ who gives them strength. I want to be a role model and example that nothing worth having comes easy but with hard work and dedication their efforts will ALWAYS pays off.”

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Adrianna Clark, B.S. Business Administration

Adrianna Clark and her daughter
Adrianna Clark and her daughter

“As a mother, making the decision to further my career by completing my degree was one of the hardest decisions ever to make. Completing college has always been a goal that I wanted to achieve in life, and being a mother helped me accomplish that goal. Going back to school challenged me to be a stronger student and a better parents. She is the reason I succeed and achieve my degree. Everything I do, I do for HER!”

Jumanah Alkhanizi

Jumana Alkhanizi
Jumanah Alkhanizi and her daughter

“My baby gives me the power and courage to succeed when I see her cute face.”

Ja’nea Williams

Ja'nea Williams and her son
Ja’nea Williams and her son

“I have more motivation to succeed because everything I am doing is not just for me.  It teaches me to truly understand sacrifice and determination. My child becomes my fuel even when I want to quit or I’m tired.  He becomes my fuel and inspiration to keep pushing through any hardship or struggle I may encounter.  He becomes my WHY!  Why I do what I do, why I refuse to give up, why I must keep going.  When I look in his eyes, I have my answer.”

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Amanda Baily, M.S. Counseling Psychology

Amanda Bailey with her two children and husband
Amanda Bailey with her two children and husband

“My kids are a big motivator in pursuing my masters. During my undergrad, I became pregnant with my son and suffered from depression while going through a very difficult time in my life. I began to fail out of school and had no motivation for anything. As soon as he was born, I knew I had someone else who needed me to do this. It took some extra time but I finally finished undergrad after 6 years of college, and then 5 days after my graduation I had my daughter.

I pursued my masters to chase my dreams, and show my children that you can be a parent and go after what you want at the same time. I wanted to show them that you can overcome adversity and be anything you want to be. SNU (and the support of my amazing husband) has given me the opportunity to do both of those things at the same time…be an awesome mom and achieve my goals.”

Casidea Holliday, B.S. Nursing

Casidea Holliday and her daughter
Casidea Holliday and her daughter

“My daughter, Harper, is the reason I am back in school. Harper’s first couple years of life were spent in and out of hospitals, doctors’ appointments, surgeries, and procedures searching for answers and getting her the care she needed to thrive. Through those experiences, I learned about everything a Nurse does and how their role goes far beyond clinical work. I felt called to go back to school the summer of 2018 to become a Registered Nurse, and be able to give back everything Harper was given.

Having Harper has pushed me to succeed as a student for many reasons but the two biggest reasons were that even through the dark and scary season of life that we went through, good can come from it and Jesus always has a plan. The second reason being, Harper is a miracle. She has overcome, endured, and pushed through more in her little time here on earth than most people do in their entire lives. She showed me and gave me the courage that I can do the same in my life and that I didn’t need to be fearful of changing careers and going back to school to become what I am called to be. She continues to show me endurance and perseverance daily.”

Whether you are a current student or alumni, parent or grandparent, Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for all you do to serve your children and to grow the kingdom of God!

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