Hey moms! This week we are fortunate to learn about another inspiring mother in our community. Quantrilla, 38, is a married mother of 3 (ages 3, 7, and 9) who juggles roles as an entrepreneur, full-time student, and stay-at-home mom. Yup, its a lot! But with support and perseverance, she’s making it happen one day at a time!
SM: Tell us about your educational background.
Quantrilla: I hold a BS in Biology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama as well as a Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, I received a Master of Philosophy degree. I was awarded this degree while in the final stages of my doctoral degree from Walden University. I am currently collecting data for my dissertation.
SM: How did motherhood impact your scholarly pursuits?
Quantrilla: I became a mother while pursuing my doctorate. It has challenged me emotionally/mentally, physically, and spiritually. There was a constant tug-of-war between my academic and family responsibilities that brought me to knees on several occasions. Yet, motherhood has forged in me a resilience and grit I didn’t know I possessed and I was able to translate that into my studies.
SM: Who were the key members of your support team?
Quantrilla: My dissertation chair, my fellow dissertation cohort, my husband (also a doctoral student), and friends and family – many of whom understood what it meant to pursue this dream.
SM: In hindsight, is there anything about your journey that you would do differently?
Quantrilla: I would have asked someone to move in with us! Seriously! Taking care of young children is a full-time job and I didn’t know just how much work it would be in addition to what was required of me academically.
SM: What surprised you the most about your experience as a mother pursuing higher education?
Quantrilla: That my children would become my biggest supporters and largest motivating factor in completing my degree.
SM: Do you have any parting words of advice or encouragement for women who are currently (or considering) pursuing motherhood and their education at the same time?
Quantrilla: Yes. Keep up the good work. You have everything you need to be successful at both motherhood and achieving your educational goals. Give yourself grace and a break when you need it. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself well, and celebrate yourself often. And most of all remember you are not alone.
Quantrilla, thanks so much for your advice and giving us a peak inside your life. If you would like to get in touch with Quantrilla or learn more about her ongoing projects, you can find her on IG: instagram.com/quannyboo or her website https://thephdmamma.com
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