Albany woman's new perspective has her going from GED to Ph.D.

June 07, 2018 07:24 PM

An Albany woman's life was out of control until she took control. Now, she's an inspiration showing what you can achieve if you change your perspective.

How many of us take a good look at our lives and realize that we share some of the blame for how it's gone? Markeia Robinson did, but only after her life went into a tailspin.

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"I was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana and skipping school," she recalled. "That led to having unprotected sex and I got pregnant when I was 14 and I had a miscarriage -- and got pregnant again when I was 15 -- and I had my daughter when I was 16."

She says a seven-year abusive relationship left her mentally spent.

"Domestic abuse, attempted suicide, I mean I went through a point in my life where I lost everything in the matter of a month – health, car, job," recalled Robinson.

Before those challenges, her grandmother had been a rock.

"She was my stability," explained Robinson.

At 30 years old, Robinson had no high school diploma.

"I worked at all of the fast food restaurants. I did McDonald's and Burger King and Wendy's and Nathan's hot dogs," remembered Robinson.

She started taking stock.

"I always wanted to be educated," affirmed Robinson.

She got her GED, scoring "extremely well" for someone out of school for such a long time.

Then, she got an associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College. Then, she got a bachelor's degree. Now, she has a master's degree from RPI. It was hard, but she did it.

"I found that as long as I gave myself the option to quit, I would do that. Giving up is the easiest thing to do and I stopped giving myself that option," asserted Robinson.

While earning that degree, she decided to become transparent and write a book about her life – the bad, the good and the lessons learned.

"Your experiences make you who you are. Embrace it all and regret nothing," advised Robinson, reading from the book.

Now, she's heading back to school to earn a Ph.D.

She did the work, but says the credit goes to God.

Robinson will hold a book signing on June 18 at the Albany Barn, 56 Second Street in Albany from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WEB EXTRA -- not seen on TV: Markeia Robinson discusses perseverance and inspiration to succeed


Elaine Houston

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