I am SO excited to release this interview! I got to sit down with my good friend and fellow University of Houston Alumna, the lively, adorable, loveable, hilarious, stylishly afrocentric, Jalyn Gordon, to talk about her experience with grad school and growing closer to herself and her spirituality. Hopefully by the end of this you'll love her like I do.
My name is Jalyn Marie Gordon and I am a recent graduate school dropout.
The situation was NOT easy by any means--having to give up your dream when all physical and mental signs say "Evacuate Immediately!" But, it had to be done.
Being a graduate students in the humanities is…insane. Poverty, no financial support, no family, no friends, and depression are all words and phrases that summarize my experience.
My experience has taught me to live in my authority. To be happy. To be with myself, not by myself. My experience has taught me new ways to learn. My experience has taught me how to lean on my ancestors and God for guidance and protection. I want my life to be a testimony to future Black academians. I want them to be fully prepared for academia outside of law and medical school. I want students to have a community of support who love and understand their needs as a graduate student. Lastly, I want people to understand the significance of Black Studies.
Let us know how Jalyn's interview helped you and if you have any additional questions for her.
Until the next interview...