We salute Deanna Jordan, a single mother of three who graduated from UCLA with three degrees on Friday!
“I needed for my sons to see there was a legacy that preceded them with college. I am the first in my family to go to college,” the 28-year-old mom told CBS News of her accomplishment. Before graduating with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s in African-American Studies, she spent two years at a local community college and three-and-a-half years at the University of California.
The journey wasn’t easy. Jordan gave birth to three sons between the ages of 18 and 22. “I had him and in the hospital I remember thinking, ‘I’m 22, there’s no future unless I can create one,’” she shared. “You can’t really succeed unless you fail, and I failed a lot of times, but it was my persistence and my willingness never to give up.”
The Compton native also found a way to give back to her community. She founded the Compton Pipeline Taskforce, where she and UCLA volunteers work on academics at Compton schools. “I saw the difference in how my boys were in school in Brentwood and then how schools were in Compton where I came from,” she said.
As for her future plans, the scholar said she plans to take a year off before heading to law school in hopes of becoming a district attorney.
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The Single Girl's Guide To Life In Between Dates
1. All My Single Ladies!
44 percent of adults in Americans are single, according to U.S. Census figures. This means that there are over 100 million unattached folks out there! So hey beautiful single lady, you're not alone. So in the spirit of our singlehood, here are some single girl do's that will help you find a new mate and a list of don'ts that will help you stop the things that may not be the best things to do to attract a mate.
...try a new workout class you may be intimidated by, and extra points if you sign up for a class with a cute instructor!
...try hacking onto your crush's accounts to confirm that you are compatible. This will just make you look compatible for a straight jacket. Unless you can do it...
...hit on the barista and not the bartender (Only 9 percent of women say they've found a relationship at a bar or club, according to Match.com).
...be afraid to try online dating, from Grouper to Match.com to OKCupid, there's something for everyone! And according to Match.com, 1/3 of singles reported dating someone they met online. Girl, get online!
...watch "Scandal" marathons shamelessly, but not without your partner in crime, best friend and savior--red wine.
...drunk text, call, Gchat or Facebook exes. Not in that order, or...ever.
...host a girl's night in or out. Staying connected to the loving ladies in your life keeps you in high spirits and if you're out--your chances of meeting someone new are higher. And you know what that means...goodbye single life!
...eat eat Marie Calendars' "Meals for One," exclusively or get caught up in cooking for one. Cook enough for more than one and you can have something to eat for lunch or dinner during the week.
...introduce a vibrator into your life, like the We-Vibe's "The Touch." Nothing says loving like..well...self love. Check it out: http://we-vibe.com/touch
...update your Facebook, or Twitter status to read something such as: "Why isn't real life like 50 Shades of Grey? Ugh, will I ever find my Christian Grey?" The answer is: no. You will most likely not find a man with a red room and deep fears of intimacy. Personally we think a vibrator sounds more fun than a safe word anyway.