Growing up, my family instilled in me the importance of education and hard work. Two things my grandmother always said to me, do not end up on Bragg Street (Women’s Prison) and you will end up in one of those buildings one day (Downtown Raleigh). I did not understand what she meant at the time, but now that I am older, I get it. My family has always encouraged me to go after my dreams, to never give up and supported me in everything I have ever done. For that, I am profoundly grateful. It is that encouragement and support that pushes me to keep going and gives me the strength to navigate a world that is not always accepting of professional young, Black females.
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