Career-wise, the last 5 years of my life have been the most challenging years ever. I finished my graduate school studies during the Great Recession and attempted to land a job at government and not-for-profit organizations, which were badly affected by the economy's downturn. In July 2015, I took a leap of faith and drove 331 miles up to North Carolina to begin a new life. I couldn't be happier about the outcome.
Graduate school did not give me all the necessary tools needed to excel in the workplace. Sure, it taught me theory and concepts, but the workplace is a jungle: it requires more than just knowledge and skills. Here are my lessons learned from the workplace.
As the years increase from the time I walked through the Alumnae Arch and now, I realize that Spelman helped me become the Woman that stands before you today. Here are four qualities that Spelman gave to me.
I was sleep-deprived and exhausted, the morning after my prom, but when I saw that large Spelman blue envelope in the mailbox that held my acceptance letter into Spelma College, nothing else mattered. Spelman College was my first choice college since my junior year in high school. It's funny though; my mom was the one … Continue reading What She Gave To Me: A Spelman Story
My younger brother is in his senior year at Morehouse College. As a Big Sister who has matriculated through graduate school, I get the pleasure of offering advice through one of the most challenging years of his life. The other day, as I was fixing him a hearty breakfast before his GRE Exam, he asks … Continue reading How I Got Into Graduate School
"Are you going to Spel-House Homecoming?" That's the million dollar question amongst all Spelman and Morehouse alumni. My response: "Maybe." "Maybe?!" My brother, a current senior at Morehouse, exclaimed in astonishment. I explained, "I'd go, but I just don't feel like being..." 1. Overdressed for a tailgate party. It's understood but never explained why Spel-House … Continue reading What to Expect at SpelHouse Homecoming