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Never, Never, Never Give Up!

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

FINALLY, Welcome to MY blog!! If you are following me on my social media accounts (Lana The Influencer, LLC) you all know that I post every Monday with My Story Monday was created to show the world that you can make it in any circumstance and situation. If you ask my friends, I've always said that one day I would write a book. I would joke and say, "I do not have enough words in my vocabulary to even write one". Well... I guess writing a blog will be interesting LOL... So here it goes...

While growing up I never really knew who or what I wanted to be. I thought about going to the Army once (epic fail) LOL. Well during my Senior year in high school I finally took my ACT. As you all know (or do not know) I am an adopted person who once was in foster care. I went through some difficult situations as a child and I believed that if I became a social worker I could prevent those same situations from happening to other children. That is how I choose my major. I admired my godfather so much and so I decided to go to Mississippi Valley State University. This was the BEST choice I ever made and my undergrad career was AMAZING. So let's fast forward ......

I graduated from Mississippi Valley State University and moved to Hattiesburg, MS to begin my next goal in life. Well ..... what I wanted in life at this point did not come easy. I wanted to go to graduate school, get my degree, pass my license, and moved away from Mississippi. I had it all together... or did I? I attempted to apply for the University of Southern Mississippi - School of Social Work Master's program on three separate occasions. The first time I applied I was denied. I was completely embarrassed and ashamed that I even lied that I got in.. (thank God for growth Hunny).

I am the type of person that will not give up. So here I went and applied again. I was DENIED a second time !!! Okay, at this point, I gave up.

A couple of years went by... I was struggling severely to pay my bills and to take care of myself. One day I and a good friend told me to try and apply for graduate school again. At that moment, I took her advice. I had to decide (will I give up or not). I applied again on the strength of FAITH.

The School of Social Work denied me again!

The difference between the first time I applied and the third time I applied was my perseverance. I decided that I did not come this far to not become who I was meant to be. So one day I was at my job General Dynamics and I was on a call. A thought came to my mind and it said to walk into the room. I also was curious to know why I kept getting denied. So... I walked into the room!