With the news coverage around #FishervUT, #affirmativeaction, and the comments by #JusticeRoberts and #JusticeScalia, (or Roberts, Scalia Go Full-Racist Over Affirmative Action: Black People Benefit From ‘Slower Track’) I am energized by this quote from #CondoleezzaRice‘s father.
As a woman of color at MIT, I was repeatedly informed that the only reason I was there was because I was a woman of color, which caused me to internalize that I was inherently incapable of the work. However, the best way to excel is to be challenged and learn how to meet that challenge. I dropped out of college in my second year because I had convinced myself that my enrollment was a mistake and graduating would be impossible. However, I had an opportunity to get an education, one of the best in the world, so I returned, worked my butt off, and graduated with 2 degrees. Someone believed in me, but I had to believe in myself. That experience was easily the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I am a stronger, smarter person for it.