“You can never be overdressed or over-educated…”- Oscar Wilde
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.
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!
– A Black Girl About Town