San Ysidro teen mom heads to Harvard

[ooyala code=”91dWJvdTrfL3q50oyqYYFOEMlY3THK0K” player_id=”7f13b2020e924f7bb1bc00c770ee5d24″]SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — A San Ysidro woman who had the world stacked against her is getting ready to go to Harvard University to get her master’s degree.

During her sophomore year at San Ysidro High School, Julissa Muniz found out she was pregnant. At the time, Muniz was part of the girl’s basketball team, a straight-A student and the class president.

Muniz made the difficult choice to stay in school and keep her baby.

“I knew that I couldn’t give up on school, because that was my pass out of here,” said now 24-year-old Muniz. “I wanted her to have a better life than I had. I grew up in a single-parent household and financially, my mom always struggled — she didn’t have a high school diploma. I didn’t want her to feel the hunger that I felt.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 5.13.06 PMThat summer, the then 16-year-old gave birth to her daughter Amaris Gonzalez. She…

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