Hey y’all! I am back and ready to share again (remember this whole letting people into my head thing is new to me). I am very excited to begin sharing my academic, career and professional journey with y’all in this space. I was recently accepted to the Counselor Education PhD Program at UGA and I am SO excited! I will be the first person in my family to earn a Doctorate (this will be an entirely separate post at a later date with ALL of the feels) and I could not be more grateful.
School officially starts in June, but my excitement and anticipation are certainly building right now. Part of this is probably due to the fact that some of our assignments are due next week (which I have already completed due to my academic anxiety) and it is starting to feel real. No, this is not a statement for bragging, but rather it speaks to my fear of being underestimated as a BLack woman in the classroom (agian, totally separate post to come. THIS will be a good one).
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved school and the process of learning. There’s something about entering the classroom with a backpack full of books, freshly sharpened pencils, heavy folders and every hi-liter color known to man– that gave me such a rush. My mother still shades me for “not being sad enough” the very first day that she dropped me off at school (SHE cried and called back every hour to check on me) while I was not paying anyone any mind. I was at SCHOOL and learning was FUN.
And despite the systemic and institutional racism that plagues American educational instituiotns, somehow, learning is STILL fun for me. It is vital to who WE ARE as Black people. It gives me a sense of power and pride as a Black woman, to know that I can face and compete with my White counterparts in the classroom. Sigh…there’s so much to say here….
Granted, beginning a PhD Program is no easy feat and I DO NOT take it for granted that I was given this opportunity. With my personal trials and triumphs, I can only thank God for bringing me here (I will also detail how I got to this place in a later blog). At this moment, I am trying to take in what this means for me as a Black Woman in Higher Education and how I can use this outlet as not only a form of self-care, but also as a means of support and encouragement for other #BrilliantBlackGirls who are on the journey towards their terminal degree. It is my sincere hope and desire to form a thriving community of Brilliant Black Women as a result of my postings and many, many others. Until then, I am going to do my best to stay in this very special moment… I AM going to be a Doctor! This still feels surreal, but I am so blessed to be LIVING IT.
Until next time,