Life as a Single Mother

Every morning, Alexa McDonald makes coffee while she prepares her sons breakfast.
November 21, 2018 (photo by Princess Petrus)

Alexa McDonald is a 24-year-old girl who is known for her striking beauty, big red hair, and elaborate makeup. She is the front desk supervisor at the Chattanooga DoubleTree downtown and has been residing in the Chattanooga area for about two years now. She is a mother to a one-year old son named Silas James Patrick McDonald, born on September 27, 2017.

Alexa McDonald applies her makeup as her son reaches for her attention.
November 21, 2018 (photo by Princess Petrus)

Unfortunately, Silas’s father was addicted to opioids and had extreme temperamental issues that led to aggression and violence. McDonald made the choice to raise Silas on her own–knowing it would be difficult–but the best choice for them both.

Alexa McDonald assists her coworker with a guest’s reservation.
October 11, 2018 (photo by Princess Petrus)

McDonald has been working hard at her full-time job moving towards her goal of becoming a General Manager. She has been in the hotel industry for almost five years and only plans to move up. Through this journey, her mother has been an important asset in regard to childcare of Silas. With McDonald’s mother being retired, she helps create a more flexible schedule for work and schooling.

Alexa McDonald coddles her son after bumping his head on the hardwood floor.
November 21, 2018 (photo by Princess Petrus)

In 2015, McDonald earned her associate degree in business and financing at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina. To add to her credentials, she plans to go back to school this Spring to continue her education at UTC.

Alexa McDonald straps her one year old son in a baby carrier before leaving her house.
November 21, 2018 (photo by Princess Petrus)


Princess Petrus, a Communications junior at UTC, has a passion for hospitality and enjoys photojournalism. She currently works at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Chattanooga, and plans to become a flight attendant upon graduating. Her degree as well as her minor in Spanish will allow her to better interact with others across the world.




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