A very determined Tommitrise Collins refused to let even labor pains prevent her from completing a college psychology exam, and a photo of her working on the online test from her hospital bed made her a social media sensation.
Media outlets report that Collins was hours away from giving birth at a Macon hospital on Nov. 12 when her sister Shanell Chapman snapped the picture.
“This is what you call ‘Strong Priorities’. Contractions 3 minutes apart and still takes her Psychology Test! You are going to be a great mom baby sis!” Chapman said on Facebook.
Collins says her contractions were three minutes apart when she started. The exam had to be turned in by 8 p.m.
The Middle Georgia State University student said “It took me 4-5 hours after the opening of the test to try to put the pain to the side and do it so I wouldn’t have to do it later and I could enjoy my newborn.”
Collins said even her nurse was shocked about her taking the test, but she was determined to finish.
She finished the two-hour exam in about an hour and 30 minutes. She passed the exam, however; she wasn’t satisfied with her first score so she requested to retake the test and ended up with a “B” the second time around.
After roughly 20 hours of labor, Collins delivered a healthy baby girl at 9:19 p.m. Tyler Elise weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces.
She says this degree will be her second and she plans to be a forensic scientist one day.