Being pregnant at a young age can be tough. Even though teenage girls are going through a lot of responsibility and hardships, it doesn’t necessarily ruin their goals for after high school. Nationally, 70% of teen moms finish high school and graduate but how many have plans for after high school?
Senior Vanessa Haldeman, teen mom at Red Lion High School says, “Being a teen mom has made me a different person, and a lot more mature. I’m always home and I don’t hangout with friends and I work a lot more.” She continued by saying, “It’s a great experience, it can be tough and overwhelming but when I look at her it’s all worth it.”
Vanessa also talked about what she wants in her future, “I’m going to go to HACC to become an elementary school teacher.”
Junior Bridget Anderson also gave some input on her recent teen pregnancy. “Teen Pregnancy made life a lot harder for me, I realized who my true friends were and people whispered and talked about me everyday when I was pregnant. I don’t go out anymore, when I do she’s (baby) with me. I spend more time studying and taking care of her,” Bridget says.
“It’s really tough but it’s also rewarding, Rylee [her baby] is just starting to talk and it’s a great feeling watching her grow up even though I wish I could get a time machine and go back to that night.” Bridget said.
Even though she is raising a child she too has great goals for her future. “I wanna go to college and be a Registered Nurse.” Bridget said.
According to “Do Something.org” 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. Keeping this in mind, hopefully teen girls can still be successful in their future and go to a great college.