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Woman Named Marijuana Pepsi Just Got Her PhD With a Dissertation on Black Names


My high school librarian's name was Mrs. Read. Igor Judge became a judge, Storm Field, a weather reporter, and Michael Vickers, a vicar. The idea that your name can subconsciously influence the field of work in which you end up is called nominative determinism. But not everyone follows that pattern. 

When you grow up as hyper-aware of your name as Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck (née Jackson, then Sawyer) did, you might actively choose to work against the perceptions that go along with it. And that's exactly what Marijuana Pepsi did. She didn't run away from a name that confused some teachers and made her peers giggle. She leaned into it, and how, she has a PhD in higher education leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. 

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