Name– Krystle Raye Green
School– Florida A&M University l Class of 2021
Tell us your HBCU Story
There is a saying that goes something like, “Don’t Quit Your Daydream”. It is actually one of my favorite affirmations. I am a proud Air Force Veteran’s wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, ages 14 and 10. I am a chronic pain warrior. I am disabled with a chronic neurological disease called Occipital Neuralgia and Fibromyalgia. I received my Associates in 2005, but being a military family, having to move around a lot, the norm and comfort level for our family was for me to become a stay-at-home mom, but that just had never settled well within my spirit. In 2018, I decided to return to college and enrolled into Florida A&M University, with my B.S in Graphic Design on my mind. My dream has always been to return and finish what I started. I had begin to think that I was too old, but that was furthest from the truth; I am right on time!
As I reflect back on my daughters, they are beginning to get older. I feel that as their mother, I needed to do more and lead an even better example for them because they too are beginning to have a true love for the world of art. Once I began to realize this, I knew it was time to reinvent myself and come up out of my comfort zone. It was time to step up and show my daughters and anyone else that may identify with me with however, that it is never too late to start anything, no matter how old you are, that it is okay to be different and uncertain at times, but just at least attempt to go for it! Just try! This is my year! Class of 2021! It’s real “cappin” season now!
What was your biggest lesson from your FAMU experience?
What can appear impossible to most, I wanted to show my daughters, that even though I am disabled, no matter what, they too can make their visions a reality. FAMU’s welcoming embrace made me realize that it is never too late to start accomplishing dreams and goals, because it takes a lot of courage to go back to school after so many years. FAMU helped me to exemplify my determination, selflessness, and courage that yes, a mom, a wife, a person with disabilities can do anything they set their minds to.
Follow Krystle on Instagram @ikrayeg