"No more aimless scrolling. No more spending time in spaces that drained me emotionally... My plan isn't to completely run away from or stop using social media altogether. But it is to be more intentional about how much time I spend aimlessly scrolling and the messages I'm digesting and internalizing as a result of my social media usage."
After writing extensively for three weeks, waiting off and on for written results for another three weeks, and then anxiously counting down the days until the oral defense of my preliminary exams...it happened. I was FINALLY a Doctoral Candidate! It was by far the happiest moment that I have experienced since getting the call with my … Continue reading “I Expect You to do Well”: Diary of a High-Achieving Black Girl
As a co-founder of #CiteASista and one of five founding members of #SisterPhD I am no stranger to spending a lot of my time working towards (and on) supporting Black women. My research is about Black women. My life's work is on centering and supporting Black women. I work, every day, so fewer Black women … Continue reading Not you too, sis?: Taking Advantage of Fellow #BlackGirlMagic
As the graduate school years go by you will find that you will be hit questions left and right. Ugh... At some point, they will start to haunt you like the Thriller MJ taught us about. And while most people mean no harm, it begins to feel like people are intentionally disrupting your space and happiness … Continue reading Here Come the Questions: 25 Things NO Grad Student Wants to Hear
“I’ve been robbed!” and then the tears fell. “My entire Dissertation is on there what do I do?!? Somebody help me!” more tears fell. This happened to somebody I knew who had their laptop stolen and had planned to graduate in less than 12 weeks. The look of distraught on their face shook me to … Continue reading A Cautionary Tale *With Advice!*for Doctoral Students
Getting into a doctoral program was the most exciting part of my educational journey because there was a time when I felt that it was an unobtainable goal. After all, I was kicked out of school due to poor grades, and the president of the institution told me I wasn’t "college material" and that I … Continue reading “You Are Built For This”: Countering Imposter Syndrome
The last time I posted I found myself talking about the promise I made to my Uncle to complete my Doctorate degree. Upon re-reading the way I decided to share, I realize how I came to actually apply left me in a corner. Before graduate school, I went away to New York to work for … Continue reading No Excuse In the World Will Keep You From Your Destiny
"I Promise…” Those were the last words I told my Uncle as his lifeless body lay on the hospital bed. It was New Years Eve and I came home from New York to celebrate with my parents. What was supposed to be one of the best nights of my life quickly became the worst … Continue reading My Doctoral Journey Began With Two Words…