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44 Years: A Long Road To Citizenship

I was getting ready for work one morning last month when I got an unexpected call from my mom, Annisa Cline-Thomas.

She was so excited because after 44 years of living in America she had finally become a U.S. Citizen!

Citizenship

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Pssst Graduates…Let Me Holler At You For A Minute

Graduation season is such a wonderful time of year! It celebrates all of your hopes, dreams and endless possibilities. All of the posts and graduation announcements are making me very nostalgic.

Graduating from the University of Maryland with my Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism was a great moment for me. I enrolled in the full-time program while also having a job, although students are advised not to have one because of the time constraints. As a matter a fact, at one point I had two jobs. I was always exhausted. So the day I walked across that stage, I knew I had earned that degree.

Sue (Best Prof. EVER) Bonnie and Chris, my Broadcast Classmates

Sue (Best Prof. EVER) Bonnie and Chris, my Broadcast Classmates

 

While I started my career a few years older than most in this business, there was so much I didn’t know when I truly entered the “REAL WORLD.”

Here’s what I wish I knew on that day:

30 is NOT OLD! I’m a goal oriented person. By 30 I had planned to be back in D.C. with my dream job, married, with a child or at least one on the way. Other than having another child around 32/33, my goal after 30 was to just live happily ever after. I literally couldn’t see past 30! I have to say my 30’s have been some of the absolute BEST years of my life and nothing has really gone as planned. I wish someone would’ve told me to stop tripping. It would’ve saved a lot of anxiety and heartache!

Celebrating my 30th Birthday in New Orleans

Celebrating my 30th Birthday in New Orleans

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