Mom Follows Sons to College, Earns Her Own Degree and Graduates Ahead of Them

Age should not be a hindrance in wanting to fulfill your dreams – and children should certainly not tie you down your entire lifetime, especially if you have a goal in mind.

Madelyn McClarey is a single mom with three sons. Her eldest studies at the Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Florida, while she and the younger twins live at their home in South Florida.

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But when twins, Aubrey and Aaron Hough, were off to college and planning to study at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, they encouraged her to move with them because she’ll be left alone at their home for the next couple of years.

Considering that many kids in the US live independently when they turn 18 – and certainly want to live away from their parents – it was impressive that the twins were actually the ones who wanted her to move to Tallahassee so she could be close to all of her sons.

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Madelyn gave in to her sons’ wishes. She took a leave off her job as an elementary school language coach to study at Tallahassee Community College with her older son while the twins live on-campus as Florida A&M University.

After completing her associate of arts degree, with honors at that, Madelyn received scholarship at Florida A&M University where she recently graduated with a degree in English, minor in Education. She actually graduates ahead of her sons – and they are so proud of her achievement!

I’m most proud of the fact that she was able to earn this degree despite having gone through so much as a single parent and as a person,” Aaron said.

I’m glad that she was able to see her decision with this degree through, and it means a lot to our family that she is able to attain her degree finally, regardless of the many familial situations throughout her collegiate experience.”

Because her sons will still be in college until next year, Madelyn decided she would make the most of her time waiting for them by enrolling in a multidisciplinary graduate program where she will major in history.

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If things go according to plan, her sons will be graduating next year – and she might possibly graduate with them as she earns her Master’s Degree, too!

What an inspiring family…