Delayed but not denied


Come to college, they said. It will be fun, they said.

Clearly, whoever made this up obviously lied to us.

As a millennial college student we often find ourselves racing with time. We are in a constant rush to see how fast we can get finished with something. Whether it be homework, projects, or simply just in a rush to finish school. We are always rushing.

But what do we do when all of this rushing comes to a stop? Then we find ourselves at a dead end with nowhere to go. Next thing you know you are considered a college dropout.

Yep, I said it. A dropout.

According to, more than 30 percent of students drop out in their first year of college. Out of this percentage 75 percent of these students were taking remedial classes and another 60 percent of them had no source of financial support from their family members or close relatives.

When I see these numbers, I am instantly reminded of myself. I was 17 years old and I rushed to FAMU after graduating a year early. I came to this university wanting to change so much so quickly and instantly found myself falling behind trying to keep up with the next person.

I then found myself packing my bags and loading up my mom’s car and not to make it worse, but it was only five weeks into my first year at FAMU.

I was officially what they called a dropout.

I literally watched the years fly by me and with every year, I stopped caring less and less about coming back to the “Highest of Seven Hills.” At this point, I was just obsessed with making money and being in the real world with no school worries.

One day I woke up with a different attitude with a new swagger.

I suddenly wanted to become a college graduate.

During this duration of life, I had to remind myself that faith without works is dead and if I really wanted to make this happen, I was going to have to sacrifice more than I wanted to.

I spent many days and nights on the road back and forth to Tallahassee to help my future and I must say it was all definitely worth it.

I was supposed to graduate from FAMU in 2017 but due to me leaving, I was pushed to December 2018. I still cannot believe I got three years of schoolwork done in two years.

I say this all just to remind you that if I can do it, you can do it.

Never let anybody tell you that you are denied, just let them know, I was just delayed.