Maggie told her counselor David Reska she wanted to do as much of her education at the high school as possible. At the end of her junior year she completed the last six weeks and summer education at Access, a continuation program. She returned her senior year.
Reska said there were some bumps along the way. Reska, who had a child during his last year of college, was able to identify with Maggie. He watched her try to juggle a full plate, much of it on her own.
"We talked early on in the year that it was important to get her diploma and she never wavered in that," Reska said. "I was getting nervous there for a while but she was able to pull it off. She's persistent."
Maggie didn't let all teen traditions pass her by — like prom.
Maggie did the ceremonious Laguna Beach prom activities — photos at the Montage Resort, dinner at BJ's Restaurant downtown and then off to the dance in Huntington Beach.
However, unlike her schoolmates who danced the night away relatively carefree, Maggie was checking her phone for texts from her brother, who was updating her on 11-month-old Arianna.
Her experience, she said, has made her consider her future.
While at the continuation school, she took a child development class and a health careers class, both of which interested her.
However, it wasn't until she became close with her public health nurse, Lisa, that she realized she wanted to become one also.
Lisa, from Nurse Family Partnership, a nonprofit that helps low-income first-time mothers, checks on Arianna every two weeks to make sure the baby is developing on track.
She told Lisa of her interest in possibly becoming a medical assistant and Lisa urged her to consider nursing.
"When she was in high school she wasn't the best student, but in college she tried harder and it paid off," Maggie said.
As of now, Maggie will register for classes at Saddleback this summer. She said she plans to cut back on her work hours so she can focus on school work. She wants to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in two years.
"I decided I'm just going to go all the way," she said. "If Arianna slacks off in school when she's older, I can tell her I did it with a baby and two jobs. There's no reason why she can't do it."