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Reading: 15-year-old mother who dropped out of university returns to school, graduates as a doctor at 40 years old

15-year-old mother who dropped out of university returns to school, graduates as a doctor at 40 years old

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An ambitious and cleaver teen mother who eventually dropped out of school at the age of 15 due to pregnancy has accomplished her dream of becoming a doctor.


The now 43 years old and mother four became a doctor, citing that it’s never too late to achieve your goals.


When she was in high school, she became pregnant at the age of 14 and gave birth at 15.


“There was a recognition that I was going to be young and this was going to change my life,” Clark says of the “unexpected and unplanned” pregnancy, which turned out to be “really difficult and challenging” due to nausea and fatigue.


She could not concentrate and failed her college entrance exams which prevented her from securing a scholarship.

She continued the struggles, and at the age of 18, she gained admission at Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University.


She had her second son a few months after the start of her freshman year and was had to dropped out of school to care for her two kids.


Two years later, Clark ran into Curtis Clark, the brother of a high school classmate and the man who would become her husband. At the time, she was 20 and he was 22.


In 2001, Curtis married Katie, and he adopted her two sons. They then had two kids of their own, traveled around the nation, and her husband finished his education, pediatric urology fellowships, and medical residencies.


Yet it didn’t take long for Clark to get a chance to pursue her goals. When she was 25, she returned to school and completed an associate’s degree at a nearby community college.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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