School's Out!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

While education does not measure a person's intelligence, I still firmly believe it to be an eye opener. These past weeks have been insanely and incredibly busy in the most positive way. Between honor dinners, graduating among twenty-two hundred students (with a double major in International Business and Marketing and a minor in Multi-Media Studies) loan free and celebrating- I needed a short hiatus. However, I’m excited to be to share this amazing experience with you.

After my departmental honor's ceremony & induction (Read Here), I attended another one where I found out I made it into SEVEN honor programs! It was such an exciting and rewarding feeling to be recognized for my endurance and consistency. I graduated on May 28, 2015 as Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar, Departmental Honors, Economic and Business, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honors Society, Sigma Beta Delta International Honors Society and Delta Psi Chapter. This day gave me an indescribable feeling of strength and security, where I felt like no one could take away the degree I earned. After the graduation ceremony, which lasted for about an hour and a half, I went home to set up a celebration with a few of my girlfriends I have met throughout my college years. I had a room filled with love, laughter, music, balloons and lots of sweets! I truly just wanted to let go and that is exactly how it went. (Thank you girls for coming!)

I chose to wear something that represented my African heritage. The fabric was purchased and imported from Africa while my crop top and pencil skirt set was designed by me and tailored through a longtime family friend and seamstress. Choosing something that was close to home and modern was always the plan for me. I wanted something chic and classy that I could be worn again but screamed my Guinean nationality. I have never felt so honored to make my mother proud because she literally gave up her career in Africa for her children’s education- for that exact moment.

Now I have heard this countless amounts of times..."Aïchatou, what's next for you now that you have completed undergraduate?" Truthfully, I want to break free from all the stress I have endured in books and grades to live life. I want to travel the world, taste different foods and establish myself in my career field. I want to do all that fearlessly.

What are some of your recent accomplishments? Whether it is graduating from school or just pursuing a challenging task, please do share because I would love to hear all about it!