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Maid: Why Alex Didn't Go To College | Screen Rant

Why didn't Alex (Margaret Qualley) from Netflix's Maid go to college when she was first accepted? The miniseries opens with Alex fleeing her abusive ex-boyfriend Sean (Nick Robinson) with their two-year-old daughter Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet). With no one to turn to for help, Alex has to try to support the two of them on her own with no savings and no job prospects. Alex eventually finds a job with a house cleaning company that pays far too little to allow her to afford decent housing or childcare.

In her few free moments throughout the miniseries, Alex is seen writing in her journal about the homes she cleans, and flashbacks in Netflix's Maid (which is based on a true story) reveal that Alex had wanted to be a writer. She had even applied, and gotten into, the University of Montana, and would have received funding thanks to a scholarship. Hoping a college degree would help lift her and her daughter out of poverty, Alex eventually reapplies to the program and fulfills her dream of moving to Missoula for a better life.

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So why didn't Alex just move there years before when she first got into her dream school? Maid never explicitly states the answer, but the timeline reveals the truth: She had planned on moving to Missoula four years before Maid began, and Maddy celebrates her third birthday during the Netflix series. That summer before starting college, Alex found out she was pregnant and, presumably, Sean did not want to move with her. Flashbacks reveal that Sean did not want her to keep the baby at all in the beginning, so convincing him to go with her would have been practically impossible.

The inspiration for the Netflix miniseries, Stephanie Land's memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, goes into more detail about the author's choice to stay in her hometown. Land explains that she wanted to give the baby's father, who she calls Jamie in the memoir, a chance to be a parent; going to college as planned would have meant moving, and that would have taken her daughter away from her father. Netflix's Maid does not show Sean's shift between not wanting the baby at all and feeling fiercely entitled to being in his daughter's life, but presumably, he had convinced Alex (likely through intimidation and manipulation) that staying in her hometown of Port Hampstead, Washington was the better choice for Maddy. Despite how little Alex wanted her family involved in Maddy's life, knowing her mother was nearby could also have been a source of comfort for her.

Ultimately, Alex likely chose not to go to college in Netflix's Maid because she was pregnant. Perhaps she thought it would be too difficult to raise a child and attend college all on her own, or perhaps she just doubted herself, thanks to years of emotional abuse she had received. Thankfully, with the support of others, she was able to find her confidence and a renewed sense of purpose, which inspired her to once again chase her dreams.  For all of its heavy themes, Maid also promises viewers that dreams are worth keeping since, by the show's end, Alex finally drives her and Maddy to Missoula to study creative writing.

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