#inTheirVoice: “Challenges Will Come. Keep Going.”
I was skeptical of what the semester held, but also looking forward to the new experience. My journey at MIIS began during the summer of 2017; during SILP. While living in Monterey for less than three months, I had been homeless twice due to the housing shortage on the Peninsula. Although, this was a rough beginning to a new start, I was optimistic and knew things would get better; however, life tends to find ways of making us angry first and strengthening us second. I faced offensive remarks under two different circumstances, both of which weighed heavily on my mind. Before this, I was a returning Peace Corps Volunteer, after being stationed in Rwanda for 2-yrs. And while serving in the Peace Corps is never easy; being a woman of color seemed to produce a different set of hurdles for me. Therefore, being faced with these new sets of challenges was difficult because I was in the process of reintegration.
With mixed emotions from PC and my first semester, I contemplated whether I could find the strength to carry-on or even if graduate school was the right decision. Could I figure out how to function within a new community? Or this new town? How do I embark on a new journey when I’m feeling a lack of support and limited understanding? At first, these thoughts discouraged me and unsurety set in. However, after rethinking my goals, allowing time to pass and anxieties to dissipate; I realized that I want to be able to elevate my knowledge and being at MIIS has opened new possibilities and offered me the security of knowing that it can take me to the next level! I decided to move forward because those hurdles only showed me how to run in strides. Because I’ve learned that the moment I hesitate; I will fall flat.