TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WGGB) — Since she can remember, Alicia Hathaway knew she wanted to be a nurse. And she decided recently, she wanted to do it by taking care of babies.
She was at the hospital to support her pregnant friend when she gave birth to a still born baby.
“After that, it just solidified my decision to want to help bring babies into the world and help make sure they survive or do whatever I can to help that,” said Hathaway.
When Hathaway goes to college in the fall, she’ll be the first in her family. The program Upward Bound works with teens in Hathaway’s situation.
It helps students academically to get to college and even helps them fill out college applications. Sharon Gralnick, Assistant Director and Franklin County Academic Advisor, Northfield Mount Herman Upward Bound said Hathaway has a remarkable dedication.
“She’s also the person in school that everybody looks up to I think,” said Gralnick. “That’s what I see here when I’m here. I think she’s just a positive person and sort of spreads her love to everybody.”
Another inspiration for college has been Hathaway’s mother. She started a family at a young age. And because of sacrifices she had to make for Hathaway and her siblings, she doesn’t want to let her down.
“She’s extremely excited for me,” said Hathaway. “Before she went into the hospital, she was looking in the mailbox everyday for college letters for me.”