Miss. Qui'Ana reached out to me at the beginning of August and asked if I could do her some portraits for her graduation, and of course I was excited and I accepted the offer! I couldn't just do her shoot without knowing her story! So, I asked could I do a blog on her and she agreed without hesitation. Here's her personal story and her personal experience while attending college:
Can we just reflect on how far I’ve come? You guys have no idea how hard it was for me to get into college! First off, I absolutely suck at taking standardized test! So the SAT and the ACT within itself was a done deal for me. Luckily Valdosta State University has a summer bridge program, where if you’re only off by a couple of points on the SAT, you can attend summer classes a semester earlier than what you’re supposed to! So not only did I miss out on my summer right after graduation but I’ve been in school for 5 whole years!
I switched my major and picked up a minor while doing so. I’ll be receiving my bachelors in Science in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Health Care Administration. At first I was a nursing major but after not being able to pass another standardized test I was forced to change my major, so I tried to pick the nearest "best thing" even though they're nothing alike.
College is like a playground for the finding yourself. You get to dibble and dabble onto each play set, until you find what you like. It was nothing Fitzgerald High School or my parents could do to prepare me for the obstacles to come.
I have so many cherish able memories. I also have had some nightmare realities. I wouldn’t trade neither for the world. For a while I’d lost myself and felt without purpose. I’d go in and out of spells of depression. It wasn’t until I became more involved with my church and a women’s ministry on VSU’s campus called Replenished Women, that I began to flourish into the women I am today. I am graduating on December 8th, 2018, with my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. Thank you Laude!
She was such fun to shoot with! She showed me around Valdosta State campus (which is so much bigger than I'm use to). She was her self during the entire shoot! I couldn't have asked for a better model. I'm so happy for Miss. Qui'Ana and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her.
Hearing her story gave me so much motivation! Her story motivated me to not give up on any dream that I have, and to trust God in the process. Thank you so much for shooting with Kamia Portraits but most of all Congratulations on graduating from Valdosta State University with your Bachelors Degree is Science!
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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