Welcome to my blog, She Is Tenacious! My name is Rosie, I recently graduated from college with two bachelors of science, one in politics and the other in biological sciences. In this blog, I’ll share my experiences with finding a job, student loans, beauty, professional development and so forth. My goal is for my blog to become a place where others can seek self-reflection, a community, and gather new ideas and advice to better themselves.

|The Word: tenacious|

I was standing in the office of the dean of admissions for the honors college at my state university when he said he admired my “tenaciousness.” Now if you Google the word tenacious, you’ll find two primary definitions, one that shows “tenacious” as an adjective to describe someone who is stubborn, annoyingly persistent, and perhaps hardheaded. The other definition will show “tenacious” as an adjective to describe someone who is persistent, strong-willed, and won’t settle until their goal is accomplished. While I think the dean of admissions used the word to describe me using both definitions, I chose to embrace the latter one.

I had been standing in his office because I had managed to get an appointment—typically only offered to high school students—with him to discuss why my application for the honors college had been denied twice. I knew my SAT scores were not the best, but I had the grades, the personal statement, extracurriculars necessary to be in the honors college. Plus, I knew being part of the honors college would open doors for me at the state university. He said he admired my tenaciousness because most students do not usually apply for a third time to the honors college, but he could see I was determined to make the honors college my home. Fast forward a couple months and I was accepted into the honors college where I learned so much from my professors, classmates and where I took the opportunity to study abroad in a faculty-led program.