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Meghan Markle Reveals How She Put Herself Through College & It’s Incredibly Inspiring

Meghan Markle delivered her first speech as the Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday during her and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Fiji, where she spoke at the University of the South Pacific in Suva about the importance of receiving a higher education. While speaking to the group of students, she revealed that she actually put herself through college.

Markle graduated from Northwestern University in May 2003, where she double-majored in theater and international studies, and was a recruitment chairwoman of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“It was through scholarships, financial aid programs and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition,” she said.

Markle then continued, emphasizing the importance of education particularly for women.

“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive” Markle states. “And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital. Providing them with access to education is the key to economic and social development. Because when girls are given the right tools for them to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.”

She announced that two new grants will be awarded to Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific on behalf of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which will help female students participate in workshops in pursuit of their degrees.

“This means that female faculty members are able to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and enter higher-education, and that more women become part of the decision-making process in academic institutions,” she continued.

Meghan Markle is such an inspiration to women everywhere, AND she worked to pay for her tuition? She’s my role model.

Maci is currently a junior at California State University, Northridge with a major in Entertainment Media Management. When she's not writing posts for Her Campus, she can be found managing her YouTube channel simplymaci, reading at a local bookstore, training for the LA Marathon, and taking pictures of Instagrammable food. Maci loves Harry Styles, traveling, Harry Potter, and watching British television shows in the hope that one day, she too will live in England. You can keep up with her adventure on Instagram and Twitter @simplymacix
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