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My name is Melissa Perez.
I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City,
but my parents are Mexican.
Two years ago, graduating high school
was not even in my plans.
I was doing horribly in school.
Going to a school that has metal detectors is stressful.
You have to stand in line 25 minutes to an hour.
I would only go in third period
and come out fourth.
I went third period
because I knew they didn't take attendance first and second.
So, basically, if you were going third period,
they would mark you present for the whole day.
I just wasn't interested in school.
Then, when I was 17,
I gave birth to my daughter, Madeline.
Getting pregnant changed my approach tremendously.
I thought, "I'm pregnant, I don't have a diploma.
So what I am I going to be working the rest of my life?
$7.25 an hour?
No! I have to graduate and go to college."
Being a mom, still going to high school is, ummm,
overwhelming, I would say, at the beginning,
but I had this math teacher who encouraged me
to go on with school.
She always said that she saw something in me.
She was like, "I know there's something inside you there
that wants to fight for it."
She always pushes me,
she always gives me the hard questions
because she knows that my favorite subject is math.
She's always like, "Melissa, figure this out.
Melissa, figure that out."
And I'm like, "Okay, okay."
I like that about her
because she always tends to push me.
Thelma is the first teacher
that has treated me,
you know,
I guess, special.
After I had my baby, I got my head into the game
and I passed my classes.
Being a mom at a young age
either makes you or breaks you,
but, in my case, it made me.
It made me have a total different visual for my future.
I am the first person in my family
to graduate from high school.



【TED-Ed】Meet Melissa Perez

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Halu Hsieh 2013 年 10 月 10 日 に公開
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