I Graduated! What I Learned, What I Wore and What’s next!?πŸŽ“πŸŽ‰

“You can never be overdressed or over-educated…”- Oscar Wilde

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Three years ago, God opened the door for me to continue my education. Prior to enrolling into graduate school, I had been working a job where I had been bullied because of my hair choices, making it an uncomfortable work environment. I had prayed hard for a new job; one that would offer assistance with tuition reimbursement, among other things. Fast forward several prayers later, I got the job and it was everything I had asked of God!

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While there was no doubt in my mind that God had done this for me, I lacked the confidence in myself needed to complete the task. I had completed my undergraduate degree in 2011! Being out of school for so long made me wonder if I could adjust once again to the academic environment. I was also now a full-time employee. Unlike undergrad, my main focus shifted from education to keeping a roof over my head. I didn’t know how I would manage a full-time schedule with classes and homework. On top of that, being one of the only black students in the majority of my classes constantly made me question whether I belonged. At times I felt lonely and that I didn’t measure up next to my white peers.

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Sure, all of these things sound like legit concerns but what I was really doing was exercising fear instead of my faith in God. I was making excuses for why I couldn’t do what God already said I could do. It took me three years but I got the job done, taking one class per semester and two, once I was near completion. Was it hard? Yes. But was it impossible? No.

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It was an adjustment but I was able to jump back into the demands of an academic environment, earning a Master of Arts in Publishing from Drexel University. Not only was I able to juggle work and school, I did so while making A’s and B’s. And lastly, I found that while I felt insecure next to my white peers, I was just as smart if not smarter than them. The only thing that can get in between what God has for you is YOU! While I don’t quite know what’s in store for me, I’m not sweating it because I know God is in control!

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– A Black Girl About Town

13 comments

  1. Legit the best thing I’ve read in a while. Congratulations darling. I love how relatable your post is and how much it applies to me as well as I am reaching my last push till I’m done with university. Also, you looked STUNNING. Slayed my entire existance. Only upwards from here. xxx Sending you good vibes all the way from SA.

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