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Destiny Diadem

“My goal is to get good grades in high school,” I can remember saying to myself at the age of 14. I always knew that my life in America was exceptional because out of all my mother’s children, I was the only one who was chosen to live in this magnificent country. But although my opportunities ...show more “My goal is to get good grades in high school,” I can remember saying to myself at the age of 14. I always knew that my life in America was exceptional because out of all my mother’s children, I was the only one who was chosen to live in this magnificent country. But although my opportunities would be plentiful, I also learned that in order to be successful I would have to endure various obstacles.

Being thousands of miles away from my closest family members who lived in Jamaica, I had to balance nostalgia and self-determination just to excel in life. I participated in numerous programs in high school, received excellent grades, won first place in essay contests, began writing my first novel, and graduated as class valedictorian.

After those accomplishments, I had major setbacks and was advised by some to abolish my dreams of attending college. Nevertheless, I ignored the naysayers and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2002 (completed all my classes in December 2001).

During my last semester at UMASS Boston, my husband and I started our beautiful family. Then in 2002 I strove to obtain employment with just my English degree, but that goal eluded me. Therefore, since I had experience working with the children at my former church, I established my own company, Prophecies: Theatrical Dance Ministries. Because of this organization, my family and I were able to host several dance events and talent shows in Massachusetts.

Then in 2004 I became a substitute teacher for the Fall River School Department and became a full-time teacher in 2005. Two years later, with five children and a husband at my side, I earned my master’s degree. Pursuing my master’s degree was one of my most difficult tasks because I had to work full-time, go to school full-time, take care of my children full-time, be a wife full-time, and still find time to write and self-publish my books.

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