Angela Silver, a JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies’ Graduate, tells us more about her story and the source of her profound joy as she crossed the stage to receive her diploma on May 20, 2018.

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  1. What is your vision for your future? What’s next for you?

My MBA degree and CPA licensure; a career in Forensic Accounting and the creation of Grandma’s House. This is a nonprofit organization that will provide a safe place for latchkey kids*, as well as offer support networks for single parents as they pursue dreams and aspirations that otherwise would be put on hold due to lack of a strong support system.

* A latchkey kid or latchkey child is a child who returns from school to an empty home, or a child who is often left at home with little parental supervision, because their parent or parents are away at work.

  1. Now let’s go back to graduation day, how would you describe your feelings when receiving the diploma? Could you visualize that moment -and your level of excitement- in advance?

Graduation day was phenomenal.  There was a sense of achievement that moved from heart to heart as my classmates and I waited for the ceremony to begin.  When we started moving towards the coliseum, the realness of it all started to sink in.  There was a quiet stillness for just a moment and then a wave of giggles. Since breaking my ankle in 2014, I continue to have issues with my balance, so my prayer was “Lord, please don’t let me fall.”  My only vision of crossing the stage was to do it quickly without falling.

I absolutely did not anticipate my excitement.  That explosion of praise was not planned and I definitely did not expect it.  After I handed the announcer my card, I heard “Angela” and that was all I remember until JCSU’s President Armbrister touched my arm to take the picture with me.  Unable to really explain it, my faith in Jesus allowed me to see mountains being moved in my life and a promise brought to fruition that I thought was no longer on the table for me.  So to receive the anointing to dance (like David) in praise and thanksgiving to honor God was a total blessing to me.

  1. What does receiving your diploma represent to you?

Receiving my diploma felt like chains were falling off, like a new future was being presented to me.  I knew, as I crossed that stage, that the trajectory of my life and my family was forever changed.  I knew I had made my grandparents (who raised me) proud.  At that moment, I proved to my kids that it is never too late to work on your self-improvement and achieve greatness.  It is never too late to believe in yourself.  I also proved to myself that I was much more than mediocre and I knew this was only the beginning.

 

To be continued…

On our fifth and final entry of this series of conversations with Angela Silver, we will make a few closing remarks on the transformational power that higher education can bring into people’s lives. We will also share important information in the  hopes that more members of the community will take part of all the great things that are happening at JCSU’s Metropolitan College of Professional Studies. Stay tuned for our next entry!

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“My favorite part of the journey was making connections and building relationships with classmates, instructors and the faculty. One of my most memorable experiences was being in the President’s tent during the Commemorative Classic where I got to meet and take pictures with K Michelle (on the left) and Lee Daniels,” said Angela.

“My favorite part of the journey was making connections and building relationships with classmates, instructors and the faculty. One of my most memorable experiences was being in the JCSU President’s tent during the commemorative football classic where I got to meet and take pictures with K Michelle (first picture above) and Lee Daniels,” said Angela.

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