I used to struggle with understanding why I was given up, but she wasn’t given up. But I realize now that my mom was in a totally different space when my sister was born. So it ended up not bothering me after we had that conversation. My adopted parents are great. They support all of my decisions. They allow me to take whatever path I want. They’re behind me 100 percent. I love the endless love and support, and the fact that, even though my mom had to make a hard decision, she ended up blessing another family that ended up blessing me. So it’s like now I have even more family.
And I think family is the most important thing.
Jackson State definitely has a family atmosphere. And I just love the fact that HBCUs are so proud of being black. It’s something that I haven’t always been exposed to. Previously, I went to a PWI for three years. My mom is Puerto Rican and Filipino, and my dad is black and white. My adopted parents are both white. So most of my upbringing hasn’t exposed me to a lot of black culture. At Jackson State, I’m excited to be in a place that has more people that are culturally like me. Learning more about myself and that side of me has been an awesome learning experience.”
– Kathy, senior speech communications major from Seattle