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15 Days of Giving Thanks- Sylvia

By January 27th, 202117 Comments
15 Days of Giving Thanks- Sylvia

My sister and BFF, Sylvia writes:

Yowzas! I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t know where to begin. Let’s see…there’s my family. This time last year, my granny was really ill and we didn’t know whether she’d even make it to Christmas. Fast forward to November 2011, and she’s back living at her house and yelling at neighborhood kids like old times.

Also, there’s my wonderful niece G-butt aka Boogie. Even though we live many miles apart, the wonders of technology enable me to be a part of her formative years. She even made sure to take her first steps while I was skyping with her and Nik earlier this year! Additionally, there’s my loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all of who are currently in good health and I am more than blessed to have in my life. And finally, my big sis. Or as most of you know her, CurlyNikki. Nikki is the best friend, mentor, confidante, and stylist that any little sister could ask for (definitely thankful that we wear the same size). Plus, she gave birth to the aforementioned love of my life, Gia. ‘Nuff said.

I am also extremely thankful for my friends. I am blessed to have a bunch of really great people in my life, whether it be my besties that have held me down since age 9 (shout out to Sondra) and middle school, my WashU loves, or the homies down in the ‘dale, I have an amazing support system that I don’t know what I’d do without. And last, but not nearly least, there’s my amazing boyfriend and his lovely family. They have been one of the newest components of my life this past year, but I feel like I’ve known them forever.

I am also quite thankful for my graduate school career. 2 ½ years down. 2 ½ to go until I can add Ph.D. behind my name. I am thankful to have passed my thesis defense, and am looking forward to achieving many more grad school milestones. Most importantly, I am thankful for the fact that I love what I am studying and its potential to someday benefit society.

**Head over to the 15 Days of Giving Thanks homepage to enter today’s contest!**


  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome ! I love hearing about women pursuing and accomplishing their goals in higher education.As a parent I'm interested in knowing how did your parents encourage you and your sister to be such high achievers ? Kudos to you all !

  • Chai says:

    this was one of my favorite Giving Thanks Post!! such the inspiration, wish we had this feature every week

  • mothereartha says:

    loves it! i see you two in a magazine some day talking about your "stories" and the positive impact you've made on our community…. Keep inspiring black women young, old, and in between :)

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    Wow you two look so much alike. You could almost pass for twins.

    OK everyone else is congratulating you on your higher ed. I concur but just thought I'd point that out as well :-)

  • Rhonda C says:

    Sly, I am so inspired by you! Keep pushing forward and grab that PhD with both hands! You are the future!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm going to Wash U next fall for grad school! Never been to St. Louis, but I feel less initiated/uncertain when I see strong, intelligent, beautiful black women associated with the university! Now I only have to find a place to live. Thanks for the great stories Nikki! It's definitely reminded me to take a moment and be thankful for all that I do have.


  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome. I really thought she was a teen as well. Kudos to the higher ed aspect!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beauty and brains! Thanks for this inspiration today.

  • Anonymous says:

    So glad to see the appreciation for and interest in higher education and science! With so many of us striving for careers in reality TV, entertainment and sports, this is very refreshing.
    Keep doing your thing Syl!

  • Anonymous says:

    How inspiring are you two?! Thanks for being positive role models.

  • Anonymous says:

    Syl you're so awesome! (just thought id let you know)

  • Syl says:

    Thanks so much for the support! I study cognitive neuroscience. More specifically, I study the brains of children with developmental disabilities, such as dyslexia.

  • L says:

    From looking at Sylvia's pics I thought she was a teenager. That is absolutely awesome…neuroscience! Blessings and Favor!

  • Hershe_82 says:

    WOW NeuroScience that is Outstanding Sylvia! Congratulations to you and wishing you nothing but the best on all your future endeavors! Beautiful story!
    b.t.w….Thank you for sharing your big sis with the world to allow her to become a "sis" to the rest of us!!!

  • ShoeHOTLINE says:

    Love This!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    She's studying NeuroScience

  • Anonymous says:

    what are you studying? i'm applying to grad programs now for clinical psych

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