I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

by VanessaVaile

Xicana Ph.D.

I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

By Irene Sanchez

Xicana Ph.D.

I have a Ph.D. and I’m a “Failure”.

At least this is how it feels for the moment until it didn’t.

I remember when I decided to get a Ph.D. I was on academic probation coming off of academic dismissal (being kicked out of school). I was attending community college again. It was then I had read the statistic that out of all Ph.D. earned in the U.S. every year only .01 percent are earned by Chicana/o/x or those of Mexican decent. I decided right then and there I would defy statistics even though statistically I was already an academic failure.

I defied them, but what did it really mean? Those are things I’m still trying to figure out as I’m constantly reminded:

I’m a failure for finishing and ending up in six digits worth of debt.

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