EDUCATION SAVED MY LIFE

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Monchel Hollins was born and raised in a poverty-stricken, single-parent household with two older

siblings in a rural town called Eufaula, Alabama. As a latch-key kid, she rarely received homework assistance or parental support

with her educational goals; however, her drive and determination did not allow those obstacles to stop

her. Monchel vividly recall her mother working three jobs consecutively to financially provide for the

family. In her book, Education Saved My Life, Monchel explained how her sister would cook full-course

meals at the age of 9 because her mother would have to leave them at home for sometimes days at time

to support the family. After years of trying to do homework alone, her impoverished environment would

finally catch with her as her life started to spiral out of control. At the tender age of 15 years old Monchel

would give birth. Sadly, this was normal in Monchel’s family. Her mother and sister were also teen

moms. By the end of twelfth grade, Monchel was married and raising her two-year-old daughter while

trying to survive on every type of governmental assistance. Monchel passionately admits that without an

education, she would have been another statistic. Statistics say by age 30, only 1.5% of women who

were pregnant as teens have a college degree. Fortunately, Monchel beat that statistic. Using FAITH,

Statistics say by age 30, only 1.5% of women who

were pregnant as teens have a college degree. Fortunately, Monchel beat that statistic. Using FAITH,

FOCUS, and FINISH motto, Monchel went on to earn her high school diploma, Associates, Bachelors,

and master’s degrees all before her 27th birthday.

FOCUS, and FINISH motto, Monchel went on to earn her high school diploma, Associates, Bachelors,

and master’s degrees all before her 27th birthday. She was determined to break those generational curses

that plagued her family once and for all. Education was Monchel’s ticket out of poverty. She vowed to

commit the rest of her life empowering poverty-stricken first-generational college students. She’s spent

the last 8 years, working on a federally funded program as Academic Counselor designed to assist first

generational college students as visionary thinking, Monchel recently founded Hollins Educational

Services (HES), a professional educational consulting company designed to assist parents and students

with the necessary skills to navigate the higher educational system to decrease the amount of student loan debt.

Picture Caption: Right- Monchel Hollins, Jessica Henderson (sister), LieDerick Henderson (brother) and Rosa Henderson (mom). Monchel Hollins, Author of  Education Saved My Life  attends her oldest brother's graduation from George C Wallace Community College on May 9, 2018. He dropped out of high school in the 10th grade, her mother dropped out of high school in 11th grade. Her mother mother gave birth to her brother at 16, Monchel gave birth at 15 years old and her sister gave birth at 17 years old. Today, all three of them are college graduates. Learn how Monchel escaped poverty using education at MonchelHollins.com. Monchel’s success story is also featured in the   Connected Woman Magazine   .

Picture Caption: Right- Monchel Hollins, Jessica Henderson (sister), LieDerick Henderson (brother) and Rosa Henderson (mom). Monchel Hollins, Author of Education Saved My Life attends her oldest brother's graduation from George C Wallace Community College on May 9, 2018. He dropped out of high school in the 10th grade, her mother dropped out of high school in 11th grade. Her mother mother gave birth to her brother at 16, Monchel gave birth at 15 years old and her sister gave birth at 17 years old. Today, all three of them are college graduates. Learn how Monchel escaped poverty using education at MonchelHollins.com. Monchel’s success story is also featured in the Connected Woman Magazine.