Student Graduates From CMU After Difficult Journey

Ericka Magee has not had an easy life.

She’s now a CMU graduate, overcoming the tragic events in her life.

Ericka faced several adversities since she was six, when she was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Since then it’s been an uphill battle.

Taylor Jones has more on Ericka’s amazing journey.

Ericka’s positivity and hardworking attitude earned her a degree in social work from CMU just a couple of weeks ago.

What she overcame to earn that degree is simply astounding.

“I just want people to know that they can do it. It’s not always going to be easy, it’s never easy but even though it’s not easy, it can be done,” says Magee.

Ericka Magee is now a CMU graduate, an amazing accomplishment after being diagnosed with dyslexia when she was six. But her mom wasn’t going to let that stop her.

“I just remember her saying you can’t be behind. Because of her, I’m not behind and it took a lot of work on her end, she would get off of work and then read with me for two hours,’ says Magee.

But when she was 12, Ericka’s mom died.

She went on to live her dad who she didn’t know and it wasn’t easy.

“We were homeless. Being able to ask my dad why he wasn’t around or what happened and being able to see him push so hard for me, it was a good experience,” says Magee.

Her father encouraged her to go to school. Ericka chose CMU. After dealing with social workers most of her life, it made choosing her degree easy.

“I just knew I wanted to help people and then I got into the thing where I wanted to help juvenile delinquents because even though I am not one, there is so many people that I grew up with in Detroit that were,” says Magee.

Today Ericka is thankful for where she is.

“I just want people to know they can accomplish anything,” says Magee.  

Ericka is continuing her journey this June in at Wayne State University for grad school.