Meet Indya Thomas, a former teen mom, and her 17-year-old son Kamau, who are celebrating having graduated from Georgia State University together. Indya was told for years that would never be successful.
At only 17 years old, she said she went through a difficult period in her life when she discovered she was pregnant at such a young age. Her family did not support her decision to keep the child and she ended up living in a homeless shelter.
“I had Kamau when I was 17 years old. We did not have a lot of people that supported me having him so young. I was told that I would never graduate from high school, let alone college. I was told I was going to ruin his life. So, it really gives me a lot of strength that we are here together,” Thomas told Blavity.
Instead of losing hope, Thomas used her difficult circumstances as a motivation for her to succeed. She managed to secure a good job that offered tuition reimbursement. She took that opportunity and enrolled in classes at Georgia State University, where she pursued a major in marketing and a minor in hospitality.