Marijuana is a psychoactive drug from a cannabis plant used for medical purposes. It is usually illegal in most countries.
Pepsi is a brand, a carbonated soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo.
But somewhere in the world, there is a woman named Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck and she has just earned her doctorate degree.
Her name will be called and written as Dr Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck after eight years in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University.
Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck said her singular name was given to her by her mother, Maggie Johnson, who declared that “it would take her around the world.”
Indeed, the name has taken her around the world, physically or otherwise as it set people talking wherever and whenever it is mentioned.
Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck says the name has made her the person she is today, saying it has stood as a symbol of an overcomer.
“I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman,” she was quoted as saying.
“People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn’t get away from it,” she said.
The subject of her dissertation is entitled “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviours and student perceptions.”
Vandyck reportedly spent time during her PhD interviewing students about the effect their distinctively Black names had on their classroom experiences and treatment by teachers.
“Regardless of what they do, say or what they’re trying to put in place, you still have to move forward and succeed,” Vandyck said.
There are plenty more reasons to be inspired by Dr. Vandyck, who works at Wisconsin’s Beloit College as director of a program that serves students who are from low-income backgrounds, have disabilities, or are first-generation enrolees at college. She also runs a performance coaching business and works as a real estate agent.