What's in a name?
It's a question that was first asked by Shakespeare and has been pondered by millions in the centuries since.
Would Donald Trump be so insecure if his last name didn't rhyme with a common word for butt?
Will Kim and Kanye's kids soon make some Calabasas therapist rich after realizing their dad named them while off his meds?
We may never know the answers to these questions.
But we do know that Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck certainly didn't let her unusual moniker prevent her from conquering the world of academia!
The 46-year-old Wisconsin resident earned her PhD this week.
As though that's not a triumphant enough achievement on its own, she did it by embracing the name that others have been encouraging her to abandon for her entire life:
Vandyck entitled her doctoral dissertation “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions.”
The paper explored the challenges faced by black students whose unusual names might make them objects of derision within mostly-white school systems.
“Regardless of what they do, say or what they’re trying to put in place, you still have to move forward and succeed,” Marijuana says of her adventures in academia.
Vandyck claims that throughout her life, associates often refused to call her by her given name.
Several opted to refer to her as Mary, an alternative that she roundly rejected.
Throughout her life, Marijuana has taken pride in her name -- though she admits that she used the initials M.P. when working as a real estate agent, in order to prevent local youths from stealing her signs.
“People make such a big deal out of it, I couldn’t get away from it,” she tells a Milwaukee media outlet.
Vandyck says she fled an unstable home at 15 and has been supporting herself ever since.
And don't let the name fool you - Marijuana will not be celebrating her latest achievement by fashioning a bong out of a two-liter bottle.
She says she does not smoke weed ... or drink soda.
We'd like to offer Dr. Marijuana Pepsi are sincere congratulations on her staggering achievement.
It would be impressive under any circumstances, but it's all the more laudable due to her commitment to remain true to her roots.
We all face pressure to conform, and Marijuana is a shining example of what can happen when you resist and remain true to yourself.
You know when Vandyck is the least funny part of your name, you're facing an uphill battle, but Marijuana Pepsi, PhD never let her past hold her back.