Graduating from Harvard Law School is an absolutely monumental moment for anyone.
New graduate Briana claims that her family was the support from the beginning of her law school journeys when he needed it most as she felt she didn’t belong.
So when the single mother achieved her dreams, people flooded to her Instagram page to congratulate her making this story went viral.
Briana’s goal was always to become a lawyer but a year before finishing her Harvard law degree, her dream seemed almost impossible to achieve when she became a single mother.
While in labor before heading to the hospital to deliver her baby the 24-year-old shared a post about how she would complete a final exam in April 2017.
Brianna writes “I immediately requested an epidural so that my contractions wouldn’t interfere, to say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement.”
Williams walked across the graduation stage with her adorable mini-me, Evelyn, the two of them wearing matching caps and gowns.
She explains that there were times when she thought she couldn’t do what she needed to do and the road to success wasn’t easy.
SHe reveals “There were many days that I’d go into a depression because I felt overwhelmed and let the pressure of what I was trying to do get to me. I suppose I just did what I had to do, regardless of how I felt on the inside because I did not want people to be able to say that I had to choose between motherhood and success.”
“I refused to allow anyone to assume that my daughter could hold me back in any way when she is such a fundamental piece of my success and courage. I knew that if I persisted, I could help other similarly situated women,” she concludes.
Briana is definitely an example for motivating thousands of other women online.
One commenter wrote, “You are an Amazing Woman, Mom, Lawyer Thank you for Instagramming Your Amazing Journey And Showing Us how strong We Really are.”
While another commenter added, “Congratulations!! This is an amazing example of perseverance and determination and what the love for your child can and will make you fight for.”
Williams will head back to her home state of California, where she plans to practice law at a firm in Los Angeles.
There she will join the litigation department and will also undertake opportunities to do pro bono.
Briana explains “I went to college with one suitcase and one pair of shoes, holding on to a bible that my older sister had tucked away in my bag. I’d worked full-time as a waitress and bartender in New York to get by,” she writes. “I found ways that I could appreciate coming from a disenfranchised background. I could look at the law through the lens of a black woman and (eventually), a financially independent single mother. I used this to my advantage.”
Williams is cautious not to be deceived by social media, while her 20,000 Instagram followers might believe that she lives a perfect life.
“Everyone has their own lives and issues that they hide behind their social media platforms. In a time of such hyper-consumerism when socioeconomic mobility is restricted because everything is coveted, commodified, and marketized, it is important to think about how social influencers’ profiles are purposefully glamorized to attract audiences who subscribe to such behaviors. My Instagram portrays a much more glam life than I actually live,” she explains.
“It can look like I always travel, but that’s because I only really like to post travel photos. There is life in between. I rarely wear makeup, and it’s not often that you will see me out of gym clothes. I don’t ever have enough time!”
Since Williams’s story has gone viral, she wants to write a book answering all the questions followers have about finding balance with life as a single mom.
In the meantime, she wants to point people to her podcast: “Download Petty Politics; it is mine and a colleague Cameron Clark’s podcast, and it generally addresses many of the questions that I am getting.”
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