I graduated!!! I’m officially done. I got my Masters in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine… ON MY BIRTHDAY!!
Being the 1st in my family to achieve this accomplishment is beyond amazing. I’m setting the path for my younger family members to strive to achieve and/or surpass this milestone.
My mom deserves all the praise. She was the first to know of my acceptance, and also made me stay on my first night when I wanted to go home because Miami wasn’t what I thought it was (lma0). She helped keep me motivated and my eyes on the prize. She’s my best friend and my biggest supporter. She hypes me up and gets me excited about my most craziest ideas. I love her and I’m grateful for her being my mom. Mother’s Day was the weekend of my graduation, I like to think my graduation was a early Mother’s Day gift to her. Shoutout to my mom for being the best that ever did/do it.
I’m grateful for all the experiences, lessons, and knowledge gained while living here in Miami. You really want to test your limits? Move over 1,000 miles away from your family to one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. by yourself, without knowing anyone, and you’ll definitely learn more about yourself.
I started in Fall 2015, embarking on a 2-year journey to become an Epidemiologist. Little did I know what would be in store for myself. I was tested mentally, physically, emotionally, academically and financially. I had to learn how to not depend on family and mentors and figure things out on my own. I learned to budget and balance paying my bills and when to pay them. I became assertive and learned to say “No”. I made a couple of mistakes and had a few slip-ups but I also had many accomplishments, they were all lessons learned. The mistakes and the accomplishments honestly taught and made me the person I am today.
While down here I created my blog/business that’s helping me earn income and create awesome content… (which I love to do). I’m became a local tourist, that loves venturing out and trying all what the “305” has to bring. I learned, I hate the heat and love Key Biscayne. Chicken Kitchen is my go to local restaurant when I need a quick meal. I love Kendall, it reminds me of back home. I started traveling, going to places like Key West, New York, and more I can’t think of. I really had a good time here in Miami.
I’m happy to say that I’m done with school for a long time. I met some of the most awesome people in my cohort. From Kevin’s “kickbacks”, to our International Potlucks and my Family’s Banana Pudding being a dish of choice, to Floatopia on Key Biscayne, and to hazing people in Monopoly Deal, it’s some of the best times I’ll always remember. Graduating with a 3.85 has to be the icing on the cake.
I remember in high school, my English teacher asked us to write out our 5 and 10 year goals. Let’s just say I’m not a registered nurse, I didn’t get married at 23 (I don’t even have a man), and I don’t have any kids like I planned. Nothing went as planned, but I’m not complaining. I’m just enjoying the ride, the ups and downs and whatever else is in store. If you would have told me while in undergrad that I would be living in Miami and getting a Master’s, I would have looked at you crazy.
So here’s to jumping out on fear and into some of the best years of my life. To traveling, and find new foodie spots around the world, to finding love and taking my blog to the next level. I wish nothing but the best for the people in my cohort, and to all the new graduates from kindergarten to getting their doctorates. It was a long and sometimes hard road… but we made it. To the people whose going into school, thinking about going back to school, or have a couple of years left, hang in there you’re almost done.
Stay up to date with my journey after grad school; subscribe to my newsletter and also follow me on “all social media networks” (@KompletelyKai) and let’s chat. Until next time, BE BLESSED, BE BEAUTIFUL, ABOVE ALL THINGS BE YOU!!!!