It took me 21 years to get my degree. This is what trauma looks like.

Now, I use my trauma as my motivation.

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I first tried to get a tertiary education in 1998, fresh out of high school. I have been studying for more than half of the 21 years since then, but have only graduated for the first time this year. All those times when I was studying unsuccessfully, and told myself I was weak, unfocused, lazy, useless or…