Megan Thee Stallion Inspired by Late Mom to Stay in School Despite Fame: ‘I Want Her to Be Proud’

“I really wanted to be an administrator over a hospital, but I knew I still wanted to be Megan Thee Stallion. I was like, ‘What can I do?’” says the star. “I was like, ‘You know what, I’m gonna open an assisted-living facility and use the money that I make from rapping to open it. Then I’m gonna let my classmates run it.”

Megan, who won the 2019 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hot Ticket Performer (which has previously been awarded to Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Kanye West), still makes time to study and complete her assignments in between her busy schedule.

Before large gatherings were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the star says she “[was] either finishing schoolwork on the way to a show, after a show, or getting it done in the morning so I can be a rapper at night.”

Now, she has some words of encouragement for current students and recent graduates. “College is a lot of stress. You can’t let that little [GPA] number discourage you because at the end of the day, you got your degree and now you’re out here living,” she says. “You’re gonna get the job that you want eventually. You worked hard enough to complete school, so I know that you can work hard enough to complete whatever your next goal in life is.”

She’s also urging those who look up to her to follow their passions. “If I am somebody’s role model, I want them to take away that you can still go to school, you can still pursue your dreams and you should still be you, no matter what the circumstances are,” says Megan. “If that’s what they’re taking away from me, then I feel like I’m doing a good job.”

For more on Megan Thee Stallion, pick up PEOPLE’s 2020 Beautiful Issue, on newsstands Friday.

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