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The Split-Second Autobiography

I was born, raised and taught to survive in a place that hope forgot: New Orleans, LA. When I visit other cities, people search me for the flava that New Orleans is known for, but somehow, when God made me, He forgot to add on my accent. So, every new person I meet makes the same comment with the same mystified expression: “You don’t talk like you’re from New Orleans…”

But I know that my attitude for lovin’ the life I’m livin’ and not being afraid to be different, to revel in my originality, proves otherwise.

I just graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Like English, there aren’t very many job opportunities in this field unless you attend grad school. My initial plan was to attend medical school and write to pay the bills. But some years and many excuses later I found myself applying to nursing school with not so much as a fully written poem to show for my last four years of living life. (I’ve accepted an offer to attend Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s School of Nursing.)

I’ve made mistakes and lost many things– money, love, blessings– and I’ve even told myself that giving up isn’t wrong in the right situation.

But I learned from those mistakes and with time, I am beginning to see that I will regain more than I ever lost.

My new plan is to attend nursing school while I decide if I will stick to the profession or go to medical school when the time is right. Also, in the background, I am going to return to my passion and best friend: writing. With this blog I hope to rediscover myself and recover a talent I buried not so long ago.


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