Briana Williams, an impressive 24-year-old single mother, recently accomplished a remarkable feat by graduating from Harvard Law School. Throughout her journey, she has demonstrated exceptional multitasking skills. Last year, while in labor, she completed a final exam.
During her final year of law school, after giving birth to her daughter, Evelyn, she mastered the art of breastfeeding with one arm while writing a paper with the other.
Last week, Williams proudly walked across the graduation stage, holding her daughter in her arms, both adorned in matching caps and gowns. In an Instagram post that quickly went viral, the Los Angeles native shared her experience. "To say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement," she wrote. Addressing her daughter, she added, "Evelyn - they said that because of you I wouldn't be able to do this. Just know that I did this BECAUSE OF YOU."
Despite initially being hesitant about social media, Williams, who now boasts over 20,000 followers, decided to share her story on this platform. She expressed her discontent with the often deceptive portrayal of a glamorous life on social media. However, she saw her graduation as an opportunity to present her authentic self. "I don't really write captions. I don't put my voice out there," she stated. "Upon graduating, I wanted to show people myself. I didn't know how receptive people would be towards it. I'm just thankful that people were."
Williams had always aspired to become a lawyer, with Harvard being her top choice for law school. However, her journey became considerably more challenging when she became a single mother. In her Instagram post, she acknowledged moments of doubt when she questioned her ability to persevere. "I did not think that, at 24 years old, as a single mom, I would be able to get through one of the most intellectually rigorous and challenging positions of my life," she shared. "It was hard. It hurt."
Soon after giving birth, Williams faced the daunting task of balancing parenting, work, and academics. Merely three and a half weeks after Evelyn's birth on April 22, 2017, she resumed her summer job. Williams even scheduled doctor's appointments during her lunch breaks. She deliberately kept her motherhood journey private, ensuring that nobody perceived her having a baby as a hindrance to her progress.
Now a recent graduate, Williams is diligently preparing for the bar exam and has already secured a position in the litigation department of a prominent Los Angeles law firm. To other parents facing similar circumstances, she offers heartfelt advice: "Try as hard as you can to do what you have to do...Eventually, you're going to receive the glory from that. And not only that, your child is going to be even more appreciative of you and the sacrifices you made."
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