As promised, here are three things about me that many of you never knew:
1. I wanted to be a Women’s Studies professor. Years ago, when I had only 1 daughter, I thought my life was heading in a different direction. I envisioned a life where we lived in a quiet college/university community, and, I was a Women’s Studies Professor. I thought this would be the ideal life for us, because, we would reap the benefits of the social and cultural environment seen in many college town’s.
So, I applied to a Women’s Studies PhD program in Worcester, Massachusetts, was rejected, and ended up in law school at Georgia State University College of Law. Today, I am a practicing attorney in rural, North Carolina.
2. I attended an all girls Catholic School in the Bronx for most of my high school years. After being accepted into the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, I returned to New York and attended school there from 9th grade, until the end of my 11th grade year.
3. I attended four colleges/universities before ultimately receiving my undergraduate degree. The only college I applied to for undergrad was Hampton University. Fortunately, I was accepted. Although I was able to attend for one year, the financial strain that an education at this HBCU was placing on my mother caused me to accept a full scholarship from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. When I became a mother, I relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was accepted at Temple University and continued my studies until I moved back to New York, and then, ultimately returned to North Carolina. Back in North Carolina, I attended East Carolina University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s Studies.
Today I look back at all of the twists and turns that my life took. I wonder, quite naturally, what my life would have been like if I had followed a less windy path to success. I have some ideas, but, of course, I’m not sure. What I am sure about, is that, in this present moment, I am exactly where I am supposed to be.