When the acceptance letter arrived in June, her children and husband weren’t around. So Melissa Guth unleashed her euphoria on the mail carrier.
“I practically kissed her,” Guth said.
The Monroe woman didn’t tell the carrier the story behind the letter.
She didn’t mention that she’s 33 years old. Or that she’s a mother of six and stepmother of two. Or that when she was 17 — about the age most of her undergraduate classmates at UW-Madison get that letter and launch their college careers — she was pregnant with her first child as a junior at Monroe High School.
College plans died. She settled into life as a working mother and wife. About a decade and a half later, she lost a job while pregnant and on bed rest with her second-youngest child, prompting her second husband to push her to return to school at his alma maters — first Madison Area Technical College, now UW-Madison...
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