Unfortunately, in the African-American community it is an unspoken vibe that if you decided to pursue your education past the status of High School Graduate or even Associates Degree you must either “have money”, “Be smart” or “Did not get it out the mud” (meaning you did not struggle to the top as others did without education to establish a role of leadership or status) rather you “skipped the line”. If you refer to my previous blog entitled: Rumor Has It, You’re Voting For TRUMP! BUT YOU’RE BLACK!! I speak about how blacks subconsciously uphold the “Crabs in a Bucket” stigma meaning they turn on one another at the drop of a dime, just as crabs in a boiling pot of water, some of us will constantly pull one another down when it appears they are getting closer to the rim of the “pot” instead of climbing each other’s backs and getting out one by one, altogether. What baffles and intrigues me the most about this issue is that times have long changed since blacks were not permitted to attend educational establishments, to the point that whole HBCU’s (Historically Black College Universities) have been built in honor of those that lead the revolution towards awarding a chance of higher learning for African American’s. Numerous scholarships, grants, loan options and even donations are offered to minorities annually to attend higher learning, yet and still some simply do not take advantage of these opportunities and it is the fault of those that DID!
EXCUSE: “Im not smart enough for college”
ME: Most people in college are not super smart! I achieved a 2.6 GPA in High school and had to beg my math teacher for a C so that I could graduate on time.
EXCUSE: “I need to make money NOW, I don’t have time to sit in anybody classroom”
ME: How long have you been working without higher education? How much do you make? How much does the person at your job with a degree make? How long has he been there? Probably not even as long as YOU!
EXCUSE: “It’s too late for me to go to school, I got kids and responsibilities and a job during the day, I don’t have time.
ME: Online education is the easiest thing I have ever done! I wish I could have completed my undergrad online however, I needed the discipline of residency to achieve the grades I needed to maintain my scholarship, if I had stayed home at 18 and tried to go to school online I would not have made it. I completed the entirety of my Master’s ONLINE!
EXCUSE: School is too expensive and I don’t have the credit to take out a loan/don’t want to take out a loan, I heard you pay on student loans until the day you die.
ME: I have completed 11 years of education and only owe $3,000! I obtained an Air Force Scholarship for my undergraduate degree, completed 4 years in the Air Force to pay back the money “in service for the military”, I utilized Tuition Assistance (TA) while I was in the Air Force to complete some of my Masters courses for FREE, the rest I paid out of pocket, one class at a time until they were paid up. I should have completed both degrees in less than 7 years however, due to paying out of pocket I had to take them as I could afford to take them.
I do understand that college is not for everyone and it is indeed very tedious and demanding however, so is working daily, completing the same task as your supervisor/boss IF NOT MORE for a WHOLE LOT LESS!!! I can not count the amount of times I entered a position automatically as the supervisor or boss in charge simply based on my experience AND EDUCATION. Even though every time I received some dirty looks or overheard slick comments such as “How did she end up in that position and I been working here 10 YEARS!” I do not believe I skipped the line at all by investing in myself and accepting the SET BACK for a SET UP! Stop being bitter and invest in yourself TODAY ALSO!! IF NOT then SHUT UP and continue to flip fries, burgers, and wipe down counter-tops while the boss that doesn’t even know what temperature food should be kept at makes double your paycheck because they have an “underwater basket weaving” DEGREE!!! Jus sayin