My MPA journey has been filled with ups and downs, but I am forever grateful for taking on this challenge. This journey has taught me to never give up on myself, take on new challenges, and always reach for the stars! I never thought I would be pursuing a master’s degree, now here I am, a master in public administration!
I want to give a HUGE shoutout to my group members/classmates, but more like sisters, Natali P., Laneka L., Rownee W. and Sarah W. You ladies have been my rock through this whole program! I will forever be grateful for each one of you ladies because you all have never left me behind. We have all came from different places, but we came into this program having the same vision. Thank you, ladies, for all the supporting words on a daily, the funny memes, the reminders to get assignments done, the zoom calls, the funny and stressful conversations, and the love you ladies have given! I am so blessed I got to be surrounded by all boss ladies, and now I have forever friends.
I want to acknowledge the support and unconditional love I have gotten from my family, my boyfriend and all my friends. You guys are my biggest support system and never left my side. All the long nights and schoolwork I had to do; you guys always made sure I was straight.
I also want to give a big shout out to my all my coworkers (but more like family) at the San Lorenzo Library! You have all kept me afloat from the day I applied all the way to the end. Thank you for always encouraging me to be my best, motivating me to the finish line, and listening to all my rants every single day. Any time I ever felt like giving up or having a bad day, you have all been there for me, cheering me on and believing in me, when I wasn’t even believing in myself. I could never forget all the kind words you all have embedded in me.
Last, but not least, shout out to the entire cohort 8, WE DID IT!
I hope to inspire others to chase their dreams and never give up. I am a junior college product and I have come a long way to be where I am and I’m still going up from here! I am currently the library clerk at the San Lorenzo Library and have been with Alameda County for 3 years. I hope to pursue my career in public administration, assuring that the people are getting taken care of and wherever I end up, I will always remain true to myself and others. I want to see more people that look like me to rise above it all and conquer goals they didn’t think they could. Watch out world, I’m coming for ya!!!