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Throwing her energy into motherhood

City College sophomore and mother Jasmine Drake and her 4-year-old daughter Jaliyah Merellas spend time together while Drake practices for an upcoming track and field match. Evan E. Duran | [email protected]

For kinesiology major, single mother and track and field thrower Jasmine Drake and her 4-year-old daughter Jaliyah, the day begins at 5 every morning.

Drake gets out of bed, gets ready, gets her daughter ready and leaves by 6:40 a.m. to catch the bus so she can arrive at school by 7 a.m.

“It’s difficult to get up in the morning,” says Drake.

Once they arrive on campus, Drake drops her daughter off at City College’s Child Development Center, which provides day care for Jaliyah, and then Drake heads to class.

“I like being able to take my daughter to school with me,” says Drake. “I get more bonding time with her.”

There was an adjustment period, however, she says.

Jaliyah, for example, was not a fan of the day care center when she first began attending.

“She is really attached to me, so she didn’t like me leaving her there,” says Drake.

Drake says now that her daughter is going to day care, Jaliyah gets tired faster and at the end of the day it is easier to put her to sleep.

After class, Drake goes to track practice, where she usually practices for two hours. In addition to track, Drake also takes several other fitness courses, including a boot camp class.

Following practice, there’s no time to relax. Instead, Drake returns home and begins her night routine.

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“By the end of the day, I am just tired, especially after being at school all day. It’s hard to do stuff,” says Drake.

Drake said her days have become repetitive, but she has gotten used to them.

And, despite the different roles she plays, Drake says she still enjoys it all.

Drake also says she has a big passion for sports and that’s what makes being an athlete easy.

What is hard, she says, is balancing multiple roles and doing things to the best of her ability.

“If I put more into parenting or more into school, then I wouldn’t be a good athlete, so it’s hard to manage,” Drake says.

At the end of December last year Drake was faced with another challenge after she lost her job. But instead of letting it get her down, she says she felt as though the situation actually benefited her.

“Since I lost my job, my grades have been much better,” says Drake.

Now, Drake says she wants to better her athletic abilities; specifically, she wants to improve as a thrower and hopes to transfer to UC Berkeley, UC Davis or San Francisco State University.

As she continues to prepare for her future, the time Drake spends with Jaliyah will always be cherished.

“I love watching my child grow,” says Drake. “Parenting is easy because my daughter is a really good kid.”

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