Decided to celebrate this months Black Out with my graduation pictures. In a few days I will be the first college graduate in my mothers family. I am proud to say that I am a product of a HBCU.

photos by tourexali

I need to talk about Mareena Robinson Snowden being in the nuclear engineering doctoral program at MIT. 

This woman means so much to me. She’s so real and encouraging and has always been such a big cheerleader to me throughout her own personal circumstances. And here she is kicking ass at MIT. 

A snippet: 

Now that she’s at the Institute, Robinson works voraciously to provide others the same communal support from which she’s benefitted. She is co-president of the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers, a group that serves, in her words, “to provide a community and a safe space to voice goals, grievances, and just feel supported.” The group holds weekly “accountability meetings” that are “just like seeing your family,” Robinson says. “Everyone gets together and you get to check up on people.”

She also works with an organization called Grad Catalyst that steers underrepresented minorities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Members of Grad Catalyst visit other institutions to hold seminars on graduate school — from what internships to apply for to how to manage relations with a PhD advisor. “There are all these little nuance things that people may not tell you, but if somebody did tell you, you’re automatically at an advantage,” Robinson says.

She graduated from FAMU
She’s recently married (which is why I added Snowden at the beginning)
She’s has a beautiful singing voice
And an amazing dedication to service and academia

I just have to talk about her because not enough people are. 
Her existence is such an inspiration to me. 

On the Steps of the Dew Plantation House …..
“ Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world ” -Harriet Tubman

If you could dream as a black woman during slavery, I know for sure that the possibilities for me are beyond my wildest…

Student Psychological Association President
International Psychology Honors Secretary
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors
Heading to Pepperdine University for a Masters in Clinical Psychology

4 more days 🎓✊🏽🎓✊🏾🎓✊🏿