Megan Thee Stallion on pursuing her degree for her late mom: ‘I want her to be proud’

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As Kaiser mentioned yesterday, Megan Thee Stallion did an incredible Mad Max inspired performance for the BET Awards. You can see it here (and please note all the backup dancers wearing masks – even outside!) In April, I learned for the first time that Megan was pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Her grandmother suggested Megan get her degree as something to fall back on. However, even though Megan has a very successful music career, she’s not walking away from her education. One of the reasons we learned was that Megan has plans to open an assisted living facility to help people care for elder relatives. Recently, Megan revealed a second reason for her diligence: her late mother. Megan lost her mom to brain cancer in March 2019. Megan said her mother was able to see her start school, at least, but Megan intends to finish to make her proud.

Megan Thee Stallion is working diligently to honor her late mom’s legacy.

In PEOPLE’s latest issue, the star — who recently released her project Suga— opened up about what inspires her to continue pursuing her collegiate dreams despite her supersonic rise to fame.

The rapper is currently taking online courses part-time at Texas Southern University where she is matriculating towards her bachelor’s degree in health administration. She hopes to complete her coursework by next year and celebrate with an elaborate graduation party — and the driving force behind her education is an emotional one.

“I want to get my degree because I really want my mom to be proud,” says the entertainer about her mom Holly Thomas, who died in March 2019 after battling brain cancer. “She saw me going to school before she passed.”

The rapper, whose father died when she was a teenager, also lost her grandmother shortly after her mother died.

“I want my big mama to be proud. She saw me going to school before she passed,” says Megan. “My grandmother that’s still alive used to be a teacher, so she’s on my butt about finishing school. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today.”

[From People]

I’m not saying college is the only answer for people, but I tend to be biased because I got so much out of my college years. There were times I wanted to drop out, especially when I walked away from a successful retail management position in my late 20 to finally finish, worked multiple wait/bartending jobs and still had to take on a roommate to afford rent. When I thought about chucking it, I saw my mom’s face when I told her I was going back, and it was enough to make me stick it out. My story is much smaller than Megan’s and I wasn’t tempted by a multi-million dollar recording career, but I understand a parent’s pride being a motivating factor. I tend to not believe in an afterlife, but I do think Megan’s mom passed on with every bit of confidence that Megan would finish her degree. I also imagine her mother was incredibly proud of the person Megan became, degree or no.

As for Megan, she’s hoping that pursuing her degree will inspire her fans to do the same. She told People, “If I am somebody’s role model, I want them to take away that you can still go to school, you can still pursue your dreams and you should still be you, no matter what the circumstances are.” I just really appreciate a successful famous woman promoting the pursuit of education.

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Photo credit: WENN/Avalon, via Meghan Thee Stallion on Instagram and YouTube

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14 Responses to “Megan Thee Stallion on pursuing her degree for her late mom: ‘I want her to be proud’”

  1. Astrid says:

    Great story and good way to start my day!

  2. Rmcgrudiva says:

    I’m sure a major part of it is my Houston pride, but I just love Megan and her story so much. She’s my role model!

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      SAME! Houston proud! I used to teach at TSU too, and she will have a lot of great opportunities in the healthcare administration program.

      I love her promotion of education and making post-fame plans. Good for her!!!

  3. Levans says:

    Her performance was fire!!!

  4. TIFFANY says:

    I am not familiar with Megan’s music and I need to correct that.

  5. Onemoretime says:

    She’s a lovely girl. Seems very down to earth, education is the key that unlocks a lot of doors. It was hard for me to work , go to classes and try to have a social life, I can just imagine how difficult it is when your a successful recording artist.

  6. lucy2 says:

    Education is so important – whether it’s college, trade school, apprenticeship, etc. Everyone has to find what works for them and helps them achieve their dreams.
    I think it’s really awesome that she’s got this huge music career and still pursuing her degree in a different field. She’s experienced a lot of loss, but channeling that into something productive and important to her and her family is really admirable.

    On a shallow note, I am jealous of anyone who looks that pretty without makeup!

  7. Emily says:

    I just love her. And I love to pretend I’m 15 years younger when I listen to her music. If she was around when I was in college, you wouldn’t have been able to stop me!

  8. Chimney says:

    Love Megan’s message here. She’s my favorite of this new cohort of rising pop stars. She seems so big-hearted, I hope she’s able to hold onto that.

  9. ME says:

    Good for her for not taking the easy way out. Plus she killed that BET Awards performance !

  10. Charfromdarock says:

    I teared up. She is so young to have lost so many, I hope she has other close family members.

    It is a lovely tribute to her mother and grandmother.

  11. ClaireB says:

    I don’t know anything about Megan, but it’s great that she’s still working on her degree and that she knows what she wants to do with it. I love that she’s promoting education, especially since a lot of musicians these days seem to promote the “drop out and follow your dreams” path to success. I think she looks so much like her mother in that pic she posted!

  12. Ana says:

    I’m back in school taking an administration degree to get better opportunities at work. I’m so happy to hear Megan is in school and talking about being a roll model and empowering young women to do the same. It is a breath of fresh air from all those vapid starlets that will be forgotten very soon anyway.

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