What this young woman did brings new meaning to the term 'multitasking.' While most of us are content to devote 100 per cent of our energies to just getting through childbirth relatively unscathed (relatively being the operative word), a 21 year-old student had something important to do first.
Tommitrise Collins, a student at Middle Georgia State University, was determined not to let a pesky thing like childbirth get in the way of her writing an exam. In fact, maybe the focus she needed to concentrate on the exam actually helped distract her mind from pain in those early stages.
"It took me 4-5 hours after the opening of the test to try to put the pain to the side and do it so I wouldn't have to do it later and I could enjoy my newborn," said Collins. "She is my life now, and the way I look at it is, she will always have me to depend on, so my goals will not be put on hold."
And so, with her contractions a mere three minutes apart, Collins took - and finished - the psychology exam in under two hours. She gave birth to a baby girl following a 20-hour labour.
"I don't want to just barely make it by, I want my child to live comfortably," said Collins, whose story went viral. "And I want to show people that just because I am considered a young mother doesn't mean I have to be considered a bad mother."
Now that's determination. As for her grade on that exam? She got a B. Not too shabby even under ordinary circumstances.
In this case I'd give her an A+ just for sheer grit. With that attitude, she's well on her way to being a great mom!
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