By Sade Lewis
MTV’s “Teen Mom 2” star Kailyn Lowry, is now a vibrant college student at DSU, despite personifying Do-Something. org’s static that indicates 1.3 in 10 American teenage girls will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
“When I signed up for ‘16 and Pregnant,’ I was 17 and had no idea of what I was getting myself into. It opened a revolving door of criticism, but it also opened a lot of room for opportunities,” said Lowry.
Lowry went through many strug-gles as a teen mom. She gave birth to her first son, Isaac Elliott in 2010. From the success of “Teen Mom,” MTV decided to produce “Teen Mom 2.”
Lowry was one of the fortunate cast members to be chosen for the new segment. The show aired it all, from family struggles with her mother and now ex-boyfriend, Joe Rivera and even the unfortunate ongoing custody battle.
Lowry did not let any of those dilemmas stop her from prospering and being the best mother to her child. She has published a book, “Pride over Pity.”
“It’s an autobiography based on my life prior to the cameras. A lot of peo-ple talk to me on social media and wonder why certain things are the way they are. So I just wanted to give supporters of the show, and of me, a glimpse of what I went through lead-ing up to becoming 16 and pregnant,” said Lowry.
Lowry met her husband, Javi Mar-roquin during season three of “Teen Mom 2.” The two married while she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to another son in 2013.
Her husband’s job in the Air Force moved the family to Dover. The new environment created a fresh start for Lowry. She decided to apply to DSU.
Lowry majors in Mass Communica-tions with a concentration in televi-sion, radio and film and minors in Spanish.“The goal is to produce TV. I don’t want to be the subject anymore, but I still want to be involved with it,” she said.
Currently, Prof. Ava Perrine’s Mass Communications University Seminar class is her favorite.“I admire the fact that she has a family, she has two young children, she travels with her work and so forth, and she still manages to get the job done.
She’s pleasant, and person-able, and that’s also helpful as well. I’m grateful that she’s in my class and I think she’ll do well if she continues on the same path throughout her col-lege career,” said Perrine.
When asked if Lowry had any life advice for young teenage girls she said they should definitely think twice about what they’re doing.
“Watch the show and decide whether you want to go through some of the hardships I dealt with,” said Lowry.
Lowry’s classmates describe her as courageous, talented, and down to earth, but most importantly very loving.