5 years of hard work, dedication, discipline, sacrifice, winning, losing, disappointments, learning, breakdowns and breakthroughs.
It's surreal that I've gotten to this point. Getting on this journey towards higher education started as an effort to salvage the life I once lead and ended up becoming the foundation to creating the new life that was waiting for me...The real me.
It's surreal that when I started this path I was starting my life over, sleeping on my dad's couch and extremely humbled by life.. Studying full time while raising 2 children, building a new music career as an artist, teaching music part time, assisting in the projects of others, touring nationally and internationally and figuring out my life and my purpose.
I think about all the ups and downs. Questioning and doubting if this was worth the time, effort and investment.
Struggling to stay motivated and to stay committed to completing what I started.
I remember being on academic probation and losing my financial aid. Busking on the train to pay for tuition.
Using the refunds from my student loans, PELL and TAP grants to invest in my career and brand...then to pay rent.
I remember flying to London to perform on your with The late great Bobby Womack and GinaRe Womack and working on papers on the plane, backstage and In the hotel.
I remember creating an independent study to learn about the history of Cuban music and culture and studying abroad.
I remember writing dozens of life experience essays to get college credit for my learning in music education, music production, artist development, planning events, getting sponsors, songwriting, playing piano by ear, vocal performance etc.. I remember graduating with my associates degree in 2014 and having my son be able to witness it and for him to realize what is possible for him because of my example... I remember failing college algebra and college writing 3 times each and eventually passing them both.
Shout out to My dad, Mom, Nahlia Diaz, Shirley Faison, Jessie Marie, Unlearn, Lisa Parkins, George Addison, Latasha Mercer, Berry Boo, Judith Insell, for supporting and pushing me to the finish line. I am officially a college graduate