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I am who I am because…

When I was three years old, my two brothers, twin sister, mom and I moved from Longview in East Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when my parents got divorced.

Besides our mom, who was raising four children alone, my siblings and I were raised under our grandparents roof. My grandmother, who was a math teacher in her younger years, spent plenty of time at home due to illness. However, her hobbies were cooking and sewing. She made many of my clothes and award-winning Halloween costumes during elementary school. My granddad, a Texas Tech alum, was a colonel in the U.S. Army who retired and became the director of robotics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

My grandparents taught us plenty about hard work, respect, etiquette and the morals they were raised with. Through anecdotes and lessons they showed us the value of education, and showed us not to see the world simply as black or white.

My grandmother passed away when I was 12, but she pushed the artist in me, while my granddad developed a tougher side of me. My grandmother taught me to read and write, and when I had questions she made me look them up in dictionaries or encyclopedias or books we had in our family’s library. She helped me develop my voice as a singer, rhythm as a dancer, and individuality as a performer. My granddad was the father I never had. He pushed me during workouts, gave me constructive criticism, took me to my games, and taught me a lot about toughness, mental and physical, and showing others I can not be phased.

My grandparents turned me in to a fighter and perfectionist. The writer, entertainer and intellectual world-changer I am today and strive to be in the future could never be here, especially at Tech, without them in my life growing up. They taught me the value of thinking and speaking for myself, staying true to my faith, and sticking to the path I was born to follow.

,RaShayla Daniels



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