Can't believe it's been exactly 5 years since I got my undergraduate degree from @harvard.
I went in thinking I was going to be premed, but ended up concentrating in History of Science with a focus on History and Medicine. I didn't know what I was going to do with that major (still don't!) but it helped position me to be able to go straight into a PhD program (for better or for worse).
I thought I was going to meet pretentious and privileged nerds. I ended up meeting regular down to earth people who just happened to be good at school, good at standardized testing, and have pretty cool ideas about how to make the world a better place. I met black women who created a community that groomed me into womanhood. I met people with whom I could talk about the different reasons I got beat as a child 🤣 I met my best friend. I met my husband.
My college experience wasn't perfect, but it profoundly shaped me into who I am today. All the late night problem sets, black community meetings and events, friendships and relationships both failed and successful - it all molded me to be unashamed of my intelligence. Of my womanhood. Of my blackness. Of my African culture. Of my talents. Of my heart.
And for that, I am forever grateful to my parents for making me go to Harvard. And my brothers for never letting me sweep this accomplishment under the rug, no matter how hard I try. ❤️ #harvardalumni #5yearslater