⇚ Back : Meet Senator Wendy Davis

“I was raised by a single mom. There were four children in our family, and my mother only had a sixth-grade education. And it was really a struggle for us. I went to a very large high school. We had one college counselor, and I was one of those kids who just sort of fell through the cracks.”

 

“My name is Wendy Davis, and I am a senator in the state of Texas, representing District 10.”

 

“No one ever had a conversation with me about college, or helped me think about how that might be a possibility. After I graduated, I got married and divorced, and by the time I was nineteen, I was a single parent. And I was living in a mobile home in southeast Fort Worth, and I was destined to live the life that I watched my mother live. I didn’t really know how to see anything other than the world I was existing in. And I really didn’t see a way out of it.”

 

“The brochure had a list of a number of their educational opportunities, and I started looking at it. And there was an opportunity to become a paralegal in two years, taking classes in the morning and at night. And I decided that that was something I would try to do. So I registered at Tarrant County College, and I started taking classes to become a paralegal, continuing to work my daytime job. And I was also waiting tables at night. It set me on the path of believing that college didn’t belong just to other people. It could belong to me, too. And it gave me the dream of becoming a lawyer, not the lawyer’s assistant.”

 

“I received a scholarship to TCU, and was — was very pleased to be accepted to Harvard Law School when I graduated from TCU. When I was accepted into Harvard Law School, I remember thinking about who I  — who I am, and – and where I came from, and where I’d been only a few years before.”

 

“Do not for a moment let what you believe might have been a mistake in your life, or a failure in your life, define who you are and what you’re capable of doing. I was only twenty-one or twenty-two when I started in – into the educational arena, and it felt like such a big, overwhelming task, at first. But I would say to myself: It may take you ten years – and it did, actually – but those ten years are going to go by, right? No matter what. And when the ten years is complete, you can be here, at the end of a remarkable journey, or you can stay in this rut.”

 

“Generation Texas is inspiring young people to understand the possibilities in front of them, and it’s inspiring adults to help them discover those possibilities.”

 

“My name is Wendy Davis, and I support Generation Texas.”