“To the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way," Vice President Kamala Harris.
I do not look like the leaders you are used to seeing, but that does not mean I have not earned the right to be here!
I am pleased to announce that as of 12/15/2020, I have achieved the terminal degree in my field. I am thankful for those who knew me even in my most dismal days and had the foresight to know that would not be the end of my story. I have fallen flat on my face more times than I can count, but I get up every time with a new lesson learned. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that sometimes when things get tough, it motivates you to take the leap you were too afraid to take. So, I am grateful for every hardship I have faced because every last heartbreak, loss, failure, and mistake has made me into the woman I am today.
To fully understand my excitement, you must better understand my story. I recall when my academic adviser told me to drop my science courses because they would be too challenging for me. I told her I would consider the changes. After much soul searching and contemplation, I kept my schedule as is. I completed that semester with all A’s and B’s, and I never sought her advice again. Unfortunately, it did not end there. During the last year of my undergraduate degree, I was having trouble viewing my final exam grade online. I was anxious to know my score, so I decided to go to my professor’s office hours. He was there, and I gave him my name. He logged into his computer, and I noticed a look of confusion and almost disbelief on his face. He verified my name and said, “you got a 90, huh.” I was screaming inside, yes, I worked hard and earned that A. Yes ME!! But I just said thank you and walked away. I did not feel like celebrating much after that.
The first several times that I encountered the doubters and naysayers, I was disappointed and offended. However, over time I realized it said more about them than me. This realization empowered me to be free. I freed myself of doubt and the fear of rejection once I realized that I must only be true to myself. So, I am me; I am who I want to be. No deception, no lies, no misconceptions, just me! And that is enough! I am sensitive, and sometimes I cry. I struggle to lean on others but encourage them to rely on me. I am a child of God, but I am full of flaws. I do not call every day, but I am there when it matters. I call you out on your mistakes, but I love you despite them. If I say no, that is precisely what I mean. I will not be bullied into anything I am not comfortable doing. I know what I stand for! I am a woman of action, meaning if I say I am doing something, I mean it! As a teen, I pledged to myself that I would one day obtain my doctorate, and as of 12/15/2020, I have fulfilled my promise to that young girl. I think she would be proud!