I was lucky and got a special award by the American Psychological Association (APA) in high school. I believed it was a sign of what I was meant to do, instead of study journalism.
Considering that I was the managing editor of my high school newspaper, The Mainstream, and had worked my entire high school career to learn journalism, it was kind of a big deal to change my mind.
What a lot of people didn’t know is that I had severe test anxiety and because of it, I never took the SATs. Yes, I gave up before even trying.
I told myself it was OK to attend community college, so I did, despite feeling ashamed deep down.
I went to the local community college for two years and earned perfect grades. When I had enough credits, I applied to transfer them to a good four-year university— and was immediately accepted.
I worked full-time so I was only able to take night classes, weekend, or accelerated courses but I never took a single semester off in 10 years!!
After 10 long years, I finally finished my bachelors of arts in psychology degree.
A few months after graduating, I was offered a unique opportunity to enroll in a new masters of educational psychology program— waiving my GED requirement! Ah! Another sign, I thought.
My loved ones thought I was crazy, to start studying for a master’s degree with my son just three-months-old, but it was a huge opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. So I went for it!
I finished my masters in educational psychology in just two years with an almost perfect 4.0 — narrowly missing it by just one A-.
I value my education and believe that being a student is very important. I absolutely love learning new things and still to this day consider myself a student— a student of life and how to live it to the fullest!!
This dedication and persistence I believe taught me or shaped me into the person I am today. So … would I rather be considered smart rather than pretty? Yer darn tootin’ (that’s a yes!)