Married as a teenager, she left high school at the insistence of an overprotective spouse and focused on raising her young child. After enduring years of abuse, Artrip faced the world on her own with no education or work skills.
Pursuing a nursing degree, she enrolled at the Hudson County Community College. Her mother watched the children until dying a year later.
“In addition to being able to stand on my own two feet and make it on my own for the first time in my life, I want to show my boys what sheer determination can achieve,” Artrip said. “I want them to see what can be accomplished when you never give up. Most of all, I want them to recognize the importance of an education.”