Never accept NO for an answer!

Rashada Harry

It’s not about the journey, so much as the obstacles upon the way.

Many parents are in turmoil at this time of year, because of the exam season, and the crisis of getting your child into the school of your choice. Students getting the university of their choice. Terrible dilemmas. These events at such a young age can effect your whole possible career. Or not.

More important is your belief in yourself, and your determination. Here’s how one woman overcame the gatekeepers, and went on to be one of the WATC Rising Stars in Technology.

In interview soon after the awards, apart from the WATC award, the most memorable moment in her career, was when she subverted the system.   She wanted to do her masters in Law at the London School of Economics but missed out by just 3 points. Bitterly disappointed, she didn’t stop. Desperate to get in, she went to LSE signed up, attended the lectures.

She researched for exceptional cases and went to find which tutor would consider her case. At the end of the interview, he agreed that she was a worthy student, showing both determination and initiative. However, he said, she had missed 2 weeks worth of lectures so it would not be possible to join the class.

Her moment of triumph

Any gated-keeper, who turned down such initiative and determination in a student, would be foolish. Yet we daily waste our talent, because of preconceptions of difference or arbitrary measures determined to exclude anyone who doesn’t fit. Yet the city is crying out for talent. In all fields, not just Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We are in danger of losing a Great British tradition, the Friday night curry, since visa restrictions mean that curry houses are unable to recruit trained Bengali Chefs! Wake up Britain.

As to Rashada’s success, the lesson is never accept No for an answer.


About the author

City Eye became interested in Overlooked and Overshadowed women, both in contemporary times and through out history. The former would include the women passed over for the Nobel in favour of their male colleagues. The later would be the wives of famous men, such as Mrs. Mandela. Her study of women written out of history, led her to interviews with interesting and inspirational women, (and some men). Extracts will be published in the articles. In no way is this men versus women, as to who is better. Simply that an overly macho, military, testosterone fueled environment, mainly men, needs the balancing attributes, often, though not exclusively, assigned to women: caring, conciliation, communication. Find out more: City Eye Blog ©christina

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