It took about 6 years to get to even get to that moment. Growing up, I honestly never had any goals or ambition, my plan was to move away, get a decent job, and just live. I have a sister who is very intelligent, she kept straight A’s, was even awarded the valedictorian in middle school. It was honestly a no brainer that she would go on to college and become great!. Me? I was a C student, I honestly didn’t try, I was just trying to get by. It wasn’t until senior year in high school that college became something I wanted to try. Ministers at my church encouraged me to apply, took me and some friends to visit some HBCUs, so I went on to apply not expecting to get admitted due to to my grades and ended up starting my college career at Virginia State University!. I had some hick ups, had to take some time off but I ended graduating from Bowie State University in 2015 with a bachelors of science degree. Not only did I graduate but I was the FIRST person in my whole family to graduate college..on ON BOTH SIDES can you believe that?? never even imagined that I would be the first. I was so proud of myself that I finally did it, I was even proud of the journey, what I learned, the lifetime friendships I have built with people I met while in school. What made me even more proud, was that my father told me someone asked him why did he decided to go to college, and he told me he said “because of my daughter” guys…….omg that made me sooo proud. I’m now a ripple effect, a influence to my loved ones young and old to pursue a career and an education. Regardless of where you come from or how long it may take , you can do anything you put your mind to do.!!