It took me 17 years to complete my associate’s degree. And I’m proud as fuck about it. 💪🏼🙌🏼🥇
Mental health struggles aside, my college experience can be summed up like this:
In 1998 I failed out of art school at Rutgers University. Then attended Bergen Community College in late ‘98 – failed and dropped out. In 2000 I studied computer science at Hudson County Community College. In 2002 I received a scholarship to Seton Hall University. Three years later I dropped out and went to work as a web designer.
Fast-forward a half-decade and my design career is in full swing. But not having a college degree still felt like a major anchor for me professionally.
After some research, I realized I just needed one more class to graduate from HCCC with an AS in computer science.
But it was Calculus III. 😬🤢🤮
After initial hesitation, I enrolled in Spring 2012. My goal going in was to pass with the minimum grade to graduate (Cs get degrees🥉).
And it was really, really hard. BUT I passed…
I ended up with a B+ 🥈! Not too bad after a 10-year Calc hiatus. And I’m proud as fuck about that. 🤘🏼
A few months later I picked up my degree and became the first college graduate in my immediate family. And I’m proud as fuck about that too! 👊🏻
Originally posted on Instagram, February 27, 2020