We spoke with Cambri, she is one of the first in her family to graduate

We spoke with Cambri, she is one of the first in her family to graduate on the maternal and paternal sides of her family. Cambri is currently working towards her Physical Therapy Doctorate degree and we believe her interview today will inspire everyone. 

How important was it to go to college and graduate in your household? 

In my household, education was enforced starting from the beginning. My parents, at the time I was born, did not have any education beyond high school, but they knew how important higher learning was due to their struggles as an adult. I was always pushed to give my best in any and every situation. There were several sayings/slogans that floated around my house: “That’ll do, won’t do” and “You were born with two strikes against you: you’re black and you’re a female. You have to work 10 times harder than your counterparts.” 

Did you ever feel pressured being the youngest sibling to accomplish all of your goals? 

I didn’t feel pressured due to being the youngest child, but I did feel pressured only because I wanted to make my parents and family proud. I am one of the first to go to college and graduate on the maternal and paternal sides of my family. My parents have set high standards for me since birth. I know their expectations of me and they can be a challenge to reach at times. However, with prayer and discipline I am confident in my ability to achieve not only the goals my family has set, but also the goals I set for myself. 

What are some things you struggled with growing up and how did you overcome them? 

Growing up I struggled with self-esteem. I would not say I had low self-esteem, but I did not like everything about my physical self. In high school, I had great friends not only from school, but also from church. These friends were encouraging and always uplifted me when I felt bad about my physical appearance. The positive attitudes around me helped me to realize my self-worth, despite what I looked like on the outside. Eventually, I grew to love everything about myself, including the not so good, and from that point on I never felt like people looked at my blemishes. People began to see my confidence before they saw my appearance. 

What advice do you give to our audience who may have struggled with similar issues? 

For anyone facing a similar situation, I would encourage you to be around people who make you happy and encourage you. Love on the people around you and appreciate them. Learn and value yourself no matter what others may think about you. And always remember, “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” 

What are your future goals for the next 5 years and how do you plan on accomplishing those goals? 

I am currently in Graduate school for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. I will graduate May of 2017. After graduating and passing my licensure exam, I plan to work and save money for a house. I pray to be in the house within a year of working. Also after graduation, I plan to vacation and take trips like all of my friends have done for the past few years. Due to a lack of funds, I am not able to travel as much as I would like, but that will change by next year!

It was amazing speaking with Cambri and we hope her words of encouragement inspired other students. To learn more about Cambri, visit her on Facebook Cambri Gregg.