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GED to PhD: The Woman's Perspective

Believe your own hype and do not give up.

That was the message that Jacquilin Porter, a college professor who overcame being a high school dropout and teenage mother, gave to the Adult Education West students and staff on March 20.

Porter, the mother of the West Campus's English Language Arts teacher Christian Young, returned to school and earned her GED despite having two children by the age of 17. She recounted her tale of perseverance, self-belief, hard work, and determination.  Using that determination, she went on to earn associate's degree from Henry Ford College, a bachelor's degree from Cleary University, a master's degree from Walsh College, and is currently working on her doctorate from Capella University.  After working in the computer technology and information security fields, she is now an adjunct professor at Henry Ford College.

She implored the students that they can succeed as well.

"Believe your own hype," she said.  "You have more marketable skills that you use everyday, and you don't even know it."

She also said that perseverance would be necessary.

"You can have all the skills in the world, but if you don't exhibit some perseverance or stick-to-itiveness, no one is going to want to talk to you."