She is proud to be a mother and to have finished her studies. The news that we will soon become a father or mother is revolutionary. Knowing that a baby is on the way, our whole world is completely transformed and we must readjust our lives because soon there will be a new little person demanding all our attention. However, this does not mean that we can no longer do other things like study and finish a university degree. Examples of people who manage to graduate as parents and with a full-time job are many and they are all inspiring in their own way. But the following story draws attention because the woman decided to attend the graduation ceremony carrying her baby throughout the event. It is about Julia Pontés, an Argentine-Brazilian researcher, activist and environmental photographer.
The 39-year-old woman recently became a mother and felt it was the right thing to do to involve her 8-month-old daughter, Stella Lyra, in the academic act. At the Columbia University graduation in Manhattan, New York, Julia held her daughter in her arms and also took the podium with her. The Reuters website shared the curious image of the woman with her cap and gown along with her other colleagues and hugging the little girl. Columbia has always been my dream school. But being pregnant and being a mother (alone) turned out to be quite a challenge,” she continued. Julia has been doing mining research for 8 years and in college she took classes in related areas. “It wouldn’t make sense not to have my daughter with me at my graduation, as she is the highlight of my life.” she assured her. For Julia, having shared that moment with her daughter is a sign that anything is possible. Her intention has never been for other people to feel sorry for her situation, quite the opposite. “I’m not a hero, and I don’t want to be.” she mentioned her.
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