Blessings in Disguise

August 8, 2017, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. It was a long four years and although I faced some severe obstacles along the way, I persevered and made it to the finish line.

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While some of my hardships died just as fast as they were created, others stayed with me for an extended amount of time. I expected to graduate college and either attend graduate school or jump head first into my career. Instead, I was forced to put my life on hold and settle for a retail job at H&M as a sales adviser. With all the talk about college degrees holding little to no significance these days, one can imagine how I felt in that moment; like those four years were a waste of time. What I didn’t know, was that God was preparing me for so much more, even though I couldn’t see it.

Within a year at H&M, I had improved my work ethic and learned so much. Not only did I learn the inner workings of a fashion company but, I gained skills that would carry over into my actual career. I learned how to work as a team, how to use my own discretion in difficult situations, how to manage my time effectively to get many tasks done at one time, and how to work under pressure without cracking. I had the opportunity to travel and take a leadership role within the company and I met some pretty amazing people who have helped to further my career and education, which will in turn, further me on my journey into the real world.

In the midst of my year of downtime after college, one of my three closest friends, graduated from the same college and we decided to move to Atlanta, GA together. As I prepared for our move, I was able to find a job in my field a month beforehand and also purchased a 2018 Ford Focus; the two most important aspects when relocating out of state. I had everything I needed within the perfect amount of time; truth is, I was starting to get anxious when I felt that things weren’t moving fast enough for me. I had started to feel like I was going to get left behind, once again.

Since moving to Georgia, life has been going well. Of course, there are always improvements to be made and obstacles to be encountered but, nothing that I can’t conquer after having already experienced the worst of the worst. I’ve been at my current job for 9 months; which has provided me with an abundance of experience and the honor of receiving employee of the month for the month of April. Like H&M, I’ve also met people who have or eventually will, help me to get further in life. To top it all of, through this experience, I’ve discovered that I love working with youth and assisting them with their treatment plans. This has lead to my biggest accomplishment yet:

I GOT ACCEPTED TO A GRADUATE PROGRAM!

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After putting my life on hold for two years and figuring out the path I wanted to take in my career, I applied and got accepted to the Master’s Program for Social Work at Baylor University. Starting this Fall semester, I’ll officially be working towards earning my Master’s degree.

Looking back on everything that I went through, I can honestly say that it was all worth it and I’d go through it all over again; even the bad times. Not only did I mature and learn from my obstacles but, I realized that every step was a blessing in disguise. I gained knowledge, power, and maturity from those two stagnant years. Now, I’m ready to gear back up and continue the journey that I started.

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