“Aside from the fact that obviously that’s a big life changing event, a lot of people, when they know my circumstances and they know that I was a teen mom, that they think, oh poor Margaret, it must’ve been so hard.
But I always saw it as a moment in my life where I was able to shift, and it’s really served me very well. I was able to make a shift from it’s all about me, to now I can focus on helping somebody else. For me it was just my tiny little baby, but I’ve really been able to take that principle and apply it to everything that I do.
What could’ve been the most devastating time in my life, I think, and it wasn’t easy, by no means was it a piece of cake, I was waitressing in the morning and working full-time and going to school at night, so it was challenging, but it was all for a higher purpose and that was for my son.
Its not an ideal situation, but its life-changing and it can be, depending on how you look at it, it can be something that’s just the most amazing experience.
One of the first things I did was go to the career center, and at the time I was going for college, psychology was my major. I went to the career center, and I started by asking about the highest paying jobs and … and something I didn’t understand, it programming, information technology and I was like well, I don’t know what it is, but it is what I need right now.
I switched my major to computer science and information technology and computer science, but I’d never owned a computer, I’d never even tried a computer class and I switched and I started taking programming classes.
I cried every night in my first C++ class, and I did do it, and I actually got a transfer degree to DePaul and have my Bachelor’s in computer science, it’s crazy!”