The Next Chapter

-Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.-

It’s been a little over 2 months since I decided to embark on a new chapter in life and return to school to receive my MBA from Howard University. For 2 years after graduating from the University of Houston, I struggled with finding a job & discovering my passion. When I finally made the decision to return, I had tunnel vision. The application process including taking pre-requisite classes, writing different essay prompts, and studying for tests from the devil (including the GMAT & GRE) had me so stressed & overwhelmed. I often battled with making sure I was making the right choice, but are we ever so sure that we are making the right choice when it comes to an important decision in our lives?

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be.” – Douglas Adams


I applied for 3 business schools: Rice University, University of Houston, & Howard University. I interviewed with Rice & University of Houston and was accepted into both University of Houston & Howard University after what seemed to be a long and anxious wait of about four to six months. Howard University was my first choice because of my undergraduate experience. I always wanted to attend a historically black university and honestly don’t think I would have fit in with a cohort at a PWI this time around let alone enjoyed the experience. So far, I am happy with the decision I made. I have met some of the most unique and smart people in my cohort and their support and motivation is one of the reasons I decided to attend the School of Business after my difficult first week transitioning. We have bonded in many ways, shared experiences and most importantly opened up to each other.

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“I believe God blesses those that hustle, those that use their mind and those that overall are righteous” – Tupac

With a concentration in entrepreneurship, I have realized that I will have to find my own way throughout this program and while I am here in D.C. I must take advantage of each opportunity. Many people don’t understand my reasoning, in fact I didn’t tell many people that I was even moving including some friends I once considered to be close. I have already been limited by few people and I realized the goals I have set for myself may be too big for some to see because they do not expect me to aim high or they have not set goals high enough for themselves. For as long as I can remember, I never wanted to work for anyone. I have always been passionate about building my own and creating a life that I enjoy, not one that society intends for me to have.

“You have to decide: Do you want to be comfortable or do you want to be blessed? Because generally your blessing is outside of your comfort.” – T.D. Jakes

Honestly, this process has been more overwhelming than expected, yet I have a feeling that it is all going to be worth it. These 2 years are going to be the most difficult, exhausting, tiresome, intriguing, challenging, and comforting times just to name a few but I know that after this experience I will never be the same, my life will never be the same.

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“It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.”

-Kaylon Benai

4 thoughts on “The Next Chapter

  1. Pat Lewis-Tyrone says:

    Although we don’t see each other often I have watched you continue to excel. I understand and am ecstatic for you, your visions and your life. God’s word says that people perish because they lack vision. What you are striving for God already has waiting for you. Your stretching to take it will only make you stronger. GOD BLESS you cousin 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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