On May 30th, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Africana Studies, Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I don't have all the words to express the pride and joy I feel from being the first in my family to obtain 2 degrees. But, I feel a responsibility to my family and community to be useful. I feel more confident in my abilities and equipped with the resources to do just that.
So, what are my plans after graduation? The first is to thot out! I'm serious. For me, thotting is having FUN! I've dedicated the last 4 years to my undergraduate career with plans to dedicate another 4-7 years to grad school next year. So, it's only fair that I prioritize fun until then. And what does fun look like to me? Well,
Travel with Bae
Cultivating a sacred home space
In addition to having fun, I want to get back to creativity. Before I was a scholar, I was a creative and social butterfly. I still am. I want to use this time to nurture my artistic side. My former Professor described my type of fun as intellectual fun 🤷🏾♀️ which looks like;
Writing my first short story novel
Designing activities and exercises
Hosting another I Am My Brother's Keeper and other sister circles
Creating a Black Feminist Review and Library on With Love
Updating Rebekah Love with resources
Designing jewelry (exclusively for myself)
Upgrading my wardrobe 😩
You're probably thinking, you're doing TOO much Rebekah. But I've done these things while managing school and work the last 4 years. The only difference is I won't have to balance between class and my other interests. I'm excited for the next 14 months of fun, creativity, and socializing. But more importantly, I'm excited to reap the benefits of the seeds I've planted in undergrad. I'm kicking off post-undergrad by facilitating my first workshop: Black Sister Summit. My mother and sisters will be in tow supporting me and selling jewelry. Also if you haven't had a chance, check out my senior capstone, This Sh*t is For Us.
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