I would like to take this time to thank a few wonderful women in my life who have inspired me to keep moving forward. They have either witnessed some of the obstacles I have faced along this academic journey or believe in my ability to excel beyond my current circumstances. For some, these women may not even know the magnitude of how they have blessed me with their kind words, assistance, and offering a level of professionalism that compels my thought process.
Right after graduating with my Masters in Criminal Justice and honored to be the 2013 Commencement Student Speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences & the College of Business and Public Administration, I began to experience trials I had never experienced. I thought after experiencing homelessness in 2012 and losing a full-time job that my family solely depended on, I was in the clear and ready to walk into my destiny without any more “unfortunate” circumstances. Well to my dismay, there were some pitfalls ready with my name on them. Even though I faced these obstacles head on, I was able to face them knowing I had other women who have either gone through something similar or offered a helping hand or listening ear. I struggle in my own ways but have found solace in knowing these women have supported me in more ways than I could imagine. In times where women are seen as dramatic and non supportive of their fellow sister, I am ecstatic to know I have a genuine circle of women who offer space of empowerment.