The road to obtaining my bachelors degree has been an interesting one... I will try to summarize it all lol. I had laparoscopic surgery to fix a stomach condition. Bounced back from that then had a bad car accident that left me unable to use my upper left extremities which resulted in me having to go to physical therapy for a few months...bounced back from that and enrolled halftime. Fast forward to 2009 ended up having back surgery that forced me to un-enroll again. Healed from the surgery and enrolled again only to have my dad have triple bypass surgery. He recovered and everything was fine...until I was laid off. I worked two part-time jobs, until I found a higher paying job and was able to pay for classes out of pocket. Then life happened again years later and my dad was diagnosed with 3 cancers...and had to have a 16hr surgery to remove his femur bone and replace it with his jawbone, and had a tracheotomy as well as a total glossectomy...he passed a few months later😢 I won’t get too specific but it was an absolute nightmare that I am still dealing with.
I took another break and enrolled in the Fall semester determined to finish my senior year and I did! I share some of my story as an example of overcoming obstacles and to say that I am living proof that it is never too late to go back and finish what you started. At the age of 31, I am a proud college graduate! Thanks to my mom and dad for raising me to be a hard working resilient woman🙌🏾 and a special thanks to my boyfriend for being my rock and helping me out by paying for some of my classes, as well as encouraging me during countless 12 page essays (proof reading a million papers because my eyes started to cross around 4am haha) discussion boards, final exams, 26 slide PowerPoint presentations, etc. I love ❤️ you! I also want to thank Carl Hicks. Thanks for being my mentor and encouraging me as well as being another father figure in my life. It feels good to be surrounded by people that genuinely want to see me win. I love y’all! I can’t wait to walk across that stage with the rest of my classmates in October. Cheers to the class of 2019💃🏽🥂
In the words of my good friend, Danielle. I am a true definition of “Nevertheless, she persisted.”