24/7: The Life of a Single Parent

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Posted Tue, Nov 19, 2013

“It’s tough sometimes, but we make it happen,” Williams said.

BACHELOR FATHER: “It’s tough sometimes, but we make it happen,” Williams said. [photo by Montrell Williams]


DENVER-Adversity is a position of life that everyone must play whenever a situation requires individual attention.

Montrell Williams is a single father who is raising Avery and Kayin Williams whom are 11 and four years old respectively. As a full-time student while providing for his family, Williams has made time to become the founder and executive director of Student Start Up Inc. at MSU Denver.

While majoring in Economics, Williams also makes an effort to meet with his partners, students and associates after school hours.

“It’s tough sometimes, but we make it happen,” Williams said.

Raising two children as a single parent can be considered a full-time job. Without receiving a check for their dedication to both children in most cases, this parent is working 24/7 in order to maintain a positive living environment.

The demand that is required for someone in this position can only be completely understood by an individual(s) that have experience with a similar circumstance.

Imagine yourself with the responsibility of working a job for more than 40 hours per week, while having an additional obligation of paying bills, while making sure that your children are looked after in a loving and respectable manner.

Once you have been exhausted with the thought of the previous scenarios, add a full-time curriculum at Metropolitan State University of Denver along with organizing a campus Student Start Up every week. This may seem as if it is impossible to accomplish, but Williams has composed the drive and commitment to overcome all of the adverse positions that he is presently facing. Williams acknowledged some that make Student Start Up. Inc. work efficiently.

Mick Jackowski, the director of the Center for Innovation at MSU Denver and his program is a sponsor for William’s orientation.

“Mick is very instrumental in what we are trying to do, and I can always count on him to provide beneficial advice,” Williams said.

Williams has defeated the odds of the “non-traditional” student without complaint. With the sight of his senior year in the near distance after the spring semester, Williams is looking forward to the official launch of his student start up in the fall of 2013. [Photo by Montrell Williams]

Montrell Williams has defeated the odds of the “non-traditional” student without complaint. [Photo by Montrell Williams]

Williams commends Dafna Michaelson; professor in Entrepreneurial Promotions (MSU Denver), Steve Replin; professor in New Venture Creations (section(s) 1&2 MSU Denver), and Dr. Amahd Rahim; Dean of Business at Colorado Technical University. For a little more than one year, Williams along with these higher education advocates have worked together to bring their student start up to light.

These individuals also maintain the help from students that have shown interest in what Student Start Up. Inc. is trying to accomplish. Without any advertisement, or official location on the Auraia Campus, Student Start Up Inc. uses personal resources and commitment from its staff to continue forward.

“We are looking for a space on campus but we have not come to a conclusion as of yet,” Williams said. However, he is confident that his operation will overcome this obstacle. Student Start Up Inc. is connected with colleges across the United States as well as accelerator programs and business owners across the State of Colorado. With these connections, it is hard to visualize this program without a permanent place to call home.

“We are a full-fledged business that is trying to create an entrepreneurial environment for anyone that wants to make the most of an opportunity,” Williams explains. “ You do not have to be a student attending a University or College. All you need is the will and determination to work hard and provide for yourself and your community.”

Student Start Up Inc. wants to provide for anyone willing to provide for themselves as well as look out for others. Williams overall is a family man. He has overcome difficulty and hardship by the way of education and solid business ideas.

Born on Dec. 3, 1979 Williams has defeated the odds of the “non-traditional” student without complaint. With the sight of his senior year in the near distance after the spring semester, Williams is looking forward to the official launch of his student start up in the fall of 2013. With drive and discipline, adversity can be overcome no matter your personal circumstance.

For any additional information on Montrell Williams and his organization, he can be reached at MWILLI95@MSUDENVER.EDU

Keve Brockington

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