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This Teen's Family Re-Created Her Mom's Graduation Photo And It'll Give You All The Feels

"Yeah that's right, we made it TOGETHER."

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"My mom and dad got together when my mom was in her freshman year of high school," Tarin said. "My mom was pregnant at 15 but had me when she was 16."

Madeline Tarin

She said that her parents then stayed in high school, and her dad worked to support them, with the help of her "amazing grandparents."

Her parents got married when they were 23 and 25, saved and bought their own house, and waited to have two other kids, Tarin said.

Tarin will be attending Rider University in New Jersey on an athletic and academic scholarship to play Division 1 soccer in the fall.

Madeline Tarin

She said this would not have been possible if her parents hadn't put her – and later her two younger sisters – in club soccer, which was a "big expense for the family."


"At first, I just wanted to show my friends and followers I had a story that a lot of people didn't really know about me and my main motive to why I've strived so hard to be successful in high school and will continue to strive in college," she said.

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Her tweet has since been retweeted more than 75,000 times.

"The picture to me symbolized my family's accomplishments, and that my parents beat the statistics," she said.


"This whole year, I've been waiting to take this photo," Tarin said. "And when I posted it and saw how much people had been inspired by, it gave me and my parents even more of a sense of accomplishment."

Kassy Cho is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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