A US woman has gone viral on the internet and it all has to do with her name.
She was named Marijuana Pepsi at birth and it’s a name that has haunted her her entire life.
Marijuana Pepsi recently graduated with a PHD after studying unusual names.
Marijuana is 46, and recounted how she has been bullied for her unusual name.
Her siblings have such ordinary names, one wonders why her parents did this to her.
She refused to change the unusual name in a bid to prove to herself and to others that overcoming obstacles is possible.
Now, the mother-of-one is officially Dr Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck after earning her PhD in higher education leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin last month.
Vandyck told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her mother Maggie Johnson picked out her name when she was born and declared it would take her around the world. She has two sisters whose named are Kimberly and Robin.
Despite people criticizing her mother for the name choice, Vandyck says she credits her for helping her become the strong woman she is today.
‘I’ve grown into my name because I am a strong woman. I’ve had to be,’ she has said previously.
Vandyck, who left an unstable home when she was 15, graduated high school and went on to earn her college and master’s degree.
She vowed early on to earn her doctorate.