The Importance of Backing Up Your Name With An Education

On March 1, 1864 she was the first black woman to receive her M.D.

As we all know historically, education hasn’t always been available to us as black people. In today’s world you can’t get very far without an education or at least something that develops your skills.

Our ancestors didn’t have the chances that we have today, so it’s important to exercise every right that you have. Earning an education is very rewarding and can broaden your horizons.

An education is about the only (positive) thing on this earth that’ll stick to your name no. matter. what! In my intro post I talked about not having a job in my field YET. I didn’t even know what I wanted to do when I graduated. The important thing is that I have my degree and no one can take it from me. There are a bunch of different ways you can get an education, don’t think that you ever HAVE to go in a certain direction. I went to a traditional 4-year PWC (Predominately White College), some go to a 4- year HBCU (Historically Black College), and some don’t attend a university at all. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you’re doing something! Getting a high school diploma is no longer enough.

“I Don’t Want To Go To College”

And your point is…..

If you believe going that route is the best for you go for it! There are some people in this world who know for sure that they’ll go and some who know they won’t. My advice: Don’t Waste Your Money If You Don’t Plan On Being Serious. Higher education is tough on your pockets and on your mental health, so don’t even start if school isn’t for you.

Ever wondered why there are successful people who did not go to college? That’s because those people found something they loved and were good at, then found a way to make money off of it. Here are some ways to find your niche and get started on the rest of your life:

  • A 4-year university might not be for you right away. Try a 2-year community college and see how it works out. (Beware of 2-year colleges that assign pointless classes.)
  • Google is always free! Research is very important, there are plenty of books, videos, and blog posts to get you started.
  • Search for certifications and other programs that will give you some form of proof of knowledge.
  • Try to get into the field you’re looking into in anyway you can and learn as much as you can. Be ready to apply it and showcase your talent for quick learning.

“Going To A College, But Scared”

It’s ok to be scared and a little unnerved. It’s normal. You’re going away from your family and friends, it’ll be tough at first. You’ll fit right in, trust me!

People who have never been don’t understand the constant juggling that happens, while you’re trying to learn a new and complicated subject. Imagine high school with half the classes and twice the work. Scary Right? I’m warning you now, you’ll get hit from all sides by the most random of things. Have a paper and an exam due? Well, sorry, bad news from home. Finally able to catch up on bills? Well here comes a bill from the school. Long story short, it’s going to be hard as he**.

Excuse my language. Sorry Jesus!

Did I scare you even more? My bad. I want you to be prepared for what’s to come. It’s not all bad though. The parties, new friends, and fun experiences make up for the literal blood, sweat, and tears that you WILL put in. Look for grants and scholarships, find organizations that you love, and you’ll be fine. Also, don’t be discouraged if you have to attend school for more than 4 years. There are plenty of people, myself included, who didn’t finish in 4 years or even 5. Take your time and do what’s best for you and your career.


Thanks once again for reading. I appreciate it and feel free to leave any constructive criticism you might have.

Published by Mariah Eskridge

Hello I'm Mariah Eskridge and my goal is to encourage those who otherwise wouldn't have the support. I graduated from Illinois State University in May 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Accounting. I've been faced with plenty of situations that I would've loved having someone that I can relate to.

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