I have officially climbed over a massive hurdle. That
massive hurdle of completing and graduating law school. It has been a long and
tough road. From sleepless nights, anxiety attacks, and barely passing my first
semester by the skin of my teeth. But all that seems insignificant, the moment
I walked across that stage in all my MELANIN GLORY as I gazed upon my fellow colleagues.
Realizing, my class (CLASS OF 2017) was the first class of my university to
have the highest percentage of POC walking across that stage to receive their Juris
Doctor degree. A university, where historically POC’s make up less than 15% of
the population. So not only was this a momentous moment for me, but for those who
look like me, and those who see me and feel inspired that through hard work and
dedication, anything is possible!
For those that doubted me, those who claimed I wasn’t good
enough, and those who my dreams will never become a reality… well to you, I
say “Thank You!” You see your lack of support and intent to tear me down provided
me with the ammunition that allowed me to overcome every obstacle law school hurled
my way. I walked across that stage and claimed my degree, despite your doubt. .
. I AM GOOD ENOUGH. My dreams will never become a reality you say? Many told me
it was unrealistic to expect to obtain employment overseas straight out of law
school, furthering that it was even difficult to obtain one in my own city. I
can only chuckle as I sit here completing my visa application for a position in
China I landed BEFORE I even walked across that stage. If you see no opportunity,
then YOU must be the master of your own plan and create that opportunity.
“Not everyone will understand your journey, that’s fine…
It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s YOURS!” (Zero Dean)
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that the knowledge will help set you free.” - Assata Shakur
First of all I want to say happy 2017! May it bring you guys everything you ever wished for and far more 🌟
Second, due to my ever so exhausting university life and upcoming exams I won’t be posting much during the next month. Though I’ll try my best to post new messages, keeping you guys motivated as always !
So sometime last week as I was moving books (the library is in the middle of remodeling), a dad came through with his kid, who was maybe seven.
The boy spotted one of our three or four anti-censorship posters, which featured a picture of a book being burned.
I heard the boy ask his dad why someone would burn a book, and his dad began trying to explain censorship. To the nearest of my recollection, this is how the conversation went.
Dad: “Well, some people are threatened by books.”
Dad: “Because books contain knowledge. And knowledge is:”
(Waits, clearly expecting his son to say “power”)
Boy: “Knowledge is words.”
Dad: (is quiet for a few seconds) “…well, that’s not exactly what I was going to say, but that’s true too.”
Then they moved out of my hearing range. The kid’s confident little “knowledge is words” has stuck with me all week though. He was very sure of his answer.