© 2017 by Cierra Kaler-Jones

January 29, 2015

The past few weeks I’ve received a host of good news, including a monumental phone call from George Washington University stating that I was admitted into my top graduate school program in Curriculum and Instruction. As I traveled down to Camden to visit Wiggins College Prep school this past Friday, I started to reflect about my journey and what has ultimately lead me to these moments of triumph. I saw long, sleepless nights slaving over my laptop with the glow of the screen beaming on the large cup of coffee that accompanied me to the library. I saw doors that have been slammed in my face and potential opportunities that simply weren’t meant to be. I saw endless days of going to class, practicing, traveling, speaking, performing, inspiring, mentoring, studying, and pushing to be one step better than I was the day before. Most importantly, I saw all the moments where I called my parents crying out of both defeat and joy, where they sat with pride in the front row of all my performances...

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