Their Stories: Black Women in Graduate School

1/05/2015


I hope you stumbled upon this blog post looking for reason to enter graduate school or maybe you just wanted the uncut truth about what is like to be black and in a graduate program. I wish I could say I had all the answers but sometimes you just have to go with your gut and ride it out until the end. I do hope this blog post sheds some light on other women's experience and therefore, helps guide you in the right direction.



I decided to interview a few women I know and ask them what was the most difficult and rewarding parts of attending grad school. I also asked them to give my readers some advice on attending graduate and what they should consider.


Although, I don't outline my experiences in this blog post, I will continue to outline many issues I have faced in graduate school through out my blog so, please, feel free check the related links below the post.

I started my blog to discuss the complexities of being a single black women in today's society but I don't want limit this blog to my experience. There are so many types of situations that black women find themselves and each of these women have had to overcome their own challenges to reap the rewards of their much desired success. I hope their stories inspire you to go graduate school, consider the lifestyle changes you must make, but also understand the rewards of your effort.

Best of luck,


Black Women in Graduate School and Their Stories:


LaTweika,

Kaplan University, Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology

I decided to go to grad school because after spending a year in the work force and not being able to find a job even after interning for the Orange County Sheriff Department for Forensics, I realized that I would rather take the chance to improve my education and and become a more qualified candidate in the job market and continue to pursue something I love than continue working jobs that were taking me away from my degree or just providing me comfort, because there is no growth in comfort.

The most difficult part has been working a full time job and being a full-time student when studies require so much of your time, its hard to have fun, see friends, complete homework and research papers, workout, have family time, etc etc

The most rewarding part has been utilizing my knowledge in real world problems like disease tracking Ebola while it was prevalent in the US and examining programs and health campaigns in my own community.

For other women who are considering grad school, I would advise them research any scholarship and grant opportunities as more importantly look at pathways that will lead them to experience in their career field, because at 25 I have learned that experience weighs more than a degree.

LaTweika also runs a blog to help encourage women to find their missing pieces through Christ: The Mysing Pieces LLC.




Shellby,

Masters in Health Psychology.  Walden University, online.

The hardest part about grad school for me is time management, between school work and social life while having a family. The best part is knowing I'm achieving my goals and one step closer to finishing also learning new information. My advice to others would be to finish school first before starting a family, if you've already started a family make time for them and your studies. It's important to chose a program you enjoy to stay motivated.


Shellby is a lady of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, a newly wed, and mother to a handsom son.


Seddinam,

Graduate student of Public Relations at Southern New Hampshire University, online.

Here is my opinion about grad school sometimes you have to research the school and look into what program will eventually make you money. Some programs sound great on paper but do not translate well on a resume. I enjoyed the courses I'm taking for Public Relations but I use the skills I learned and list it on the resume so that it stands out from the competition.

Online school is a great option for people who are busy. The assignments are weekly and the students interact through discussion and video chats. There is no need to stop a person's day to come into a classroom. The downside of online school is that you have to keep yourself motivated to maintain the grades. The teachers are easy to reach but you have to assets yourself and reach out to them.

Personally grad school was a journey for me. It was not as simple as the undergraduate degree and it took a lot of thinking about what I wanted as a career.

UNLV felt like a process where I was a number....no person felt invested in my future. 

I had to be my own advocate and I was constantly going to the school to try and meet with professors who forgot about me or became busy. Eventually, all my hard work was never turned in or followed up on. The lead professor had already taken another position in Hawaii. It left me in a odd position because none of my paperwork was turned in and my lead was gone from the university. Then, I was devastated when I begged to finish but got separated from the university.{The university, UNLV, did not allow Seddi to finish her masters and all her money was wasted}.

I cried and drank and stressed for months. I lied to everyone about my process on the Masters. After I spoke with a friend about it months later I decided to try online school. I applied to snhu.edu and it was the best experience for me. The admission officer, Meghan, listened to me and guided me through each step of the application process.

I will graduate may 2015 and fly to NH to get my degree. Who knows God may have put me in the struggle so that I can do bigger and better.

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This blog is NOT geared toward sexual orientation or gender classification. This blog is based solely on the blog authors experience and research. This blog is geared toward promoting a mixture of masculine and feminine attire and with an integrated genderless lifestyle.

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