Marijuana Pepsi gets her doctorate after refusing to change her birth name

Marijuana Pepsi gets her doctorate after refusing to change her birth name
The names of her sisters are Kimberly and Robin.

Twitter users were impressed and only a little disappointed to discover why the phrase "Marijuana Pepsi" was a trend on Thursday.

Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck obtained her Ph.D. in leadership in higher education at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin last month, after refusing to change the name given at birth.

The 46-year-old woman, who does not smoke or drink soda, told The Californian that she had mocked her name for her entire life, and some teachers even refused to use it.

"People have a big problem with that, I could not get away from that," he said.

She said that while people judged their mother by choice (the names of her older and younger sisters are Kimberly and Robin), her mother insisted that the name would "take her to the whole world"; In fact, marijuana gives her mother credit for turning her into the "strong, balanced and enterprising woman" she is today.

her thesis was a subject with which he is very familiar: "Black names in white classrooms: behaviors of teachers and perceptions of students".

The only time he hides her name, he said, is when he is in a hurry and knows someone new, he can use her initials to avoid the 15 minutes of unavoidable questions.

Also, since she also works in real estate, she has to use her initials on her posters because the drug addicts kept on stealing them.

In gratitude for a scholarship she received as a young student, she has been saving for years to establish the Pepsi Marijuana Grant, which as of 2019 will award $ 500 each year to a first-generation African American deserving student.

Now, when she speaks in the classroom, Dr. Vandyck says she uses her name to get attention immediately.

"Regardless of what you do, say or try to put into practice, you still have to move forward and be successful," he says. "That's my big thing, do not use that as an excuse, use that as a springboard to keep going, leave those people behind and then come back in. Each one reaches, reaches and raises another person."

While Twitterverse was very impressed with its history, many also felt a little disappointed that Pepsi was not introducing a new flavor.