21st Jun2016

Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18

by Staff

“Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus.”

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Dre’Quan Cooley of Jackson State University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

Name
Dre’Quan Cooley

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Laurel Mississippi. I was researching for affordable colleges in my state and ran across Jackson State University still not knowing what an HBCU was.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus. That’s one of the main reasons why I would choose an HBCU OVER a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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JSU Business Marketing Major Dre’Quan Cooley|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My major is Business Marketing, I chose this major due to how diverse the major is within the business world.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Being at an HBCU, especially Jackson State University teaches a person how to become socially aware of the things happening in our communities and in the world that we live in. Coming into Jackson State ready to further my education, that was the only thing on my mind.

Later I found out that it is about academics as well as networking and stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things you may have never done before. It helps build a person for the real world especially when you want to become successful in your craft basically what you major in and whatever you may want to do in your life, not only career wise but these things can help a person out in everyday situations.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

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“…stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students…” – Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My first experience was really just introducing myself to others not really knowing how to do so, but I came around it took quite a while but I came out of my shell. Which leads to stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students who haven’t had the courage to step up and speak or do things in a manner that they think should be said or done.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

One of the most recent professors I have to say that has impacted my life would be Dr. Crump he has really just shown me that as a student I have more potential that I have given myself to become that boss I plan to be in the near future.

Questions about being a Business Marketing major? Life at JSU? Respectfully contact Dre’Quan!

Instagram: dreycooley
Email: drequancooley@gmail.com

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06th Jun2016

Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

by Staff

“I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree…”

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“The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.”|Image Credit: Image Captured by Cara Gonzales, Shared with us by Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Name
Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama but currently live in Los Angeles when not in school. I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree, however late in my life I moved to Los Angeles and never got the chance to experience an HBCU.

I realized however while attended a PWI in California, it doesn’t give me the drive, passion, or the feel of black excellence that I know I would receive at an HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because it’s something magical and life changing that happens when the intelligence, grace, and love from the black culture pours out on to you. I could of chose to breeze through college at a PWI and never truly become impacted at my school, or I could of chose a life changing experience that would give me a total different look on life and my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Mass Comm. Major and Student-Athlete, Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

I’m a Mass Communication Major with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Speech.

I chose this major because since a young age I’ve always been a great speaker on various subjects placed in front of me and an excellent writer.

Lately, in life I began to find my passion in Track and Field, I became infatuated with the sport from the inside and out. I plan to use this degree and blend it with my passion for Track and Field and become an ESPN & NBC Sports Analyst for Track and Field.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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Future Sports Analyst Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.” Less than a month before attended I broke down in my dorm at my PWI believing that I was at a brick wall in my life. I prayed and gathered myself, until this day I still don’t know how I found my way to Jackson State website.

I applied hoping this was God directing me to there, as of today, I completed my first semester at Jackson State and was elected Vice President of Programming for Campus Activities Board. My experience has been faith-filled.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Coming in I did not know anybody, I didn’t know how the semester worked but I knew I wanted to get to work. However, I experienced the power of black excellence quickly.

To see young men and women “dress to impress” but not only dressing the part but highly intelligent as well. It made me re-evaluate what I’ve been doing to get towards my career and I made a change and told myself, ” I need to get in the game and make myself known”.

After constant networking, working in class, I became the first student out of Jackson State to become a writer for HBCUBuzz, #1 News Source for HBCUs and Writer for CampusLATELY, the #1 Collegiate Marketing Firm. All within one semester.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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(L to R) Calling Panther Heritage Foundation board members Jim Shannon, attorney (left); Perry Hood, vice chair; Daphine Foster, chair; Renee Marable, board member; James Mitchell, treasurer; and Bonnie Jackson, secretary.|Image Credit: JacksonState.wordpress.com

Professor Bonnie L. Jackson, was my mentor coming into this past semester who helped me through the ropes of Mass Communication.

She constantly helped with writing my news articles for HBCU Buzz, she always pushed me to dig deeper in my writing and stick to the facts of the story.

I took this advice and applied myself deeper into my stories and ultimately wrote one of my most biggest stories, “Top 10 HBCUs to Develop Professional Athletes”, that received over 60k views and responses. Even after the story, she always reminds me to keep working and dig even deeper.

Questions about being a Mass Comm Major? Attending JSU? Ask Kyle!

Instagram: KDewayne.Kidd
Twitter: KyleD_Kidd
Snapchat: KDewayne.Kidd
HBCUBuzz: HBCUBuzz.com/author/kkidd

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21st Apr2016

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University – 2017

by Staff

“The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation.”

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Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Name
Shaudaè Moore

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am a native of Mississippi, born in Clarksdale but my community is so small I have to say I’m from Charleston, MS. However I grew up in Waterloo, IA. I was introduced to HBCUs through the UNI Upward Bound Program.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Initially I attended University of Iowa, but honestly I didn’t see myself succeed academically. So I made the decision to attend JSU which was my first choice. There is where I knew I could be myself instead of just my student number. I could relate to my peers and not being made to feel the pressure of succeeding because I was 1 of a few black students in a predominantly white class. At JSU I could excel as an individual.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I an a Biology Pre-Med/Pre-Nursing major. I have chosen this major because as long as I could remember all I wanted to do was fix the world. I would practice bandaging up my dolls and nursing them back to good health. With my major, my focus in medicine will be developing babies in the early part of my career and later Plastic surgery. Reason being there is something so amazingly wondering helping bring new life into this would.

Also bettering people lives by making them feel great about their bodies.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation. So they pass me (see me) like I am their daughter. Through them I stay connected with my peers so we can study and help each other in passing our courses.

“First time” experiences at Jackson State University?

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Shaudaè Moore and Friends|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

When I came to JSU I admittedly applied to the W. E. B Dou Bois honors college, and in doing that was how I met a bunch of amazing ladies that I am friends with to this day. They saw me for who I was and always encouraged me to conquer my passion. Which helped me go out to become a plus size model.

Fall 2010 at a fashion show hosted by JSU Insatiable Model Squad is where I got the courage to face off in a modeling walk off in front of my peers. I didn’t care if they made fun of me, I know that this was what I loved and my friends had my back. Surprisingly I won and got the opportunity to be shot in a photo shoot with fashion stylist J Bolin (Insta) wearing a dress made for me by fashion designer Gail Ambeau (Twitter). From there I continued to model.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Violinist Virtuoso Shaudaè Moore|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Mrs. Rachel Jordan made such as wonderful impact on my life. She was my applied violin teacher and String Ensemble conductor. I went through so much of a rollercoaster of emotion when my world seemed to crumble around me to dealing with my health because I was always hurt or sick.

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017 Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan

Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan| Image Credit: jsums.edu

She pushed me hard to be a better violinist to learn and excel at my talent, she always would say “Shaudaè you’re not bringing your best because I know you love this, don’t give me crap. If you don’t do it for you then do it for your daughter because she is just a smaller version of you and I would want her to be her best.” She helped me see that all I ever needed was to just believe in me, once I did that then I would be a force to be reckoned with.

Questions about the JSU Experience? Ask Shaudaè!

Instagram: onebeautifulsoul22
Facebook: Shaudae Effortlessbeauty Moore

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03rd Apr2016

Hannah Burnell – Jackson State University – 2016

by Staff

“My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman.”

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“If I’m not laughing, I’m not me.” |Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I was born and raised in the central Mississippi area, more specifically the Ridgeland/Jackson areas. HBCUs are the entire reason I exist today. I have deep family HBCU history on both sides of my family evolving Jackson State University and Grambling State University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I originally didn’t really choose one over the other. I sort of just found myself at Jackson State, and as a result ended up falling in love with the university and the HBCU experience.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a History major. I chose history because I genuinely love it. I figured if I was going to major in something, it would be something I love and not necessarily a “career move” major. I live and breathe history and being on a HBCU campus is like being in a living museum.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman. Our institution is held to a very high level in relations to how students and alumni are to conduct themselves.

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Hannah Servicing the Community as a (JSU) Tiger and a State Queen|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

It’s also been a very fun experience. I’ve met amazing people and have had some pretty fun times with them. I could go on for days but of course the only way to truly understand the tiger experience is to come find out for yourself.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

A first time experience for my at JSU was really making friends. I had friends in high school but these were people that I had know from elementary or middle school or met through some one else.

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“Tiger born, Tiger Bred, and when I die, I’ll be Tiger Dead”|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Once I got to college, I had to start over and reach out and make friends on my own. This was pretty difficult for me because I’m really a quiet, introverted person and sometimes reaching out is a hard thing for me to do. But I’ve grown from having to be on my own.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

The two professors that have really impacted my experience are Dr. Hilliard Lackey and Dr. Bonnie Gardner. They have literally stood with me every step of the way starting from high school to now. There is nothing I can’t ask from either one of them that they won’t do or advise me on.

Questions about JSU? Respectfully ask Hannah!

IG/Twitter: @HannahBurnellW
FB: Hannah Burnell
Website: HannahBurnellw.wordpress.com
Email: Hanwms@aol.com

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13th Feb2016

Tselane Price – Jackson State University – 1991

by Staff

Jackson State University Alumnus, Tselane Price (c/o ’91) shares with us her HBCU Experience and How it all came to be.

JSU Alum, Tselane Price, Class of 1991| Image Credit: Twitter

JSU Alum, Tselane Price, Class of 1991| Image Credit: Twitter

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. My family were all products of HBCU’s. Primarily Jackson State College and Tougaloo College.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Again my family were products of HBCUs thus I chose to continue on that path. I was never exposed to PWIs.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My initial major entering college was BiologyPreMed. I later changed to Mass Communications with emphasis in Broadcasting. I chose Mass Communications because I wanted to be a sportscaster.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My story is one of fun, challenges, and loss. I was in marching band and various media organizations. I had fun in school but I got my education which has benefited me well.

JSU SONIC BOOM IN ’90 VS ALCORN (the year before Tselane graduated)

JSU SONIC BOOM in the 2016 HONDA BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

While I was in school the professor who guided me through until he retired before I finished was Dr. Robert List. He was influential in me staying the course.

Social Network Info

Insta: @alwayssexi
Twitter: _TselNoelle_

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18th Jan2014

Damien Brigham – Jackson State University 2005

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HBCU Alum of Jackson State University, Damien Brigham (c/o 2005) shares his HBCU Experience and all that it brought him.

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I am from Dallas,Tx, I have known about HBCU’s pretty much my whole life.

My father and uncle both graduated from Prairie View A&M University.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Actually it was my mom who wouldn’t let me sign with one of the bigger institutions. I originally wanted to go to The University of Hawaii but my mom told me I would never see Texas again lol.

So coming out of high school I committed to Prairie View and then I transferred to Jackson State University.

How did you decide to become a student at Jackson State University?

I think my teachers at Jackson State helped me to become a better student, they stayed on me pretty hard ecspecially Ms. Kennedy. You would be scared to walk in her class 30 seconds late.

At the end of the day though when I graduated she was the first one there to congratulate me along with my Track coach. She taught me not to just settle or just do enough to satisfy my self or others but she taught me to push the limit. Go harder than normal.

What professors at Jackson State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Ms.Kennedy well its Dr. Kennedy now, but she just pushed me to be the best at all I do, don’t let the “athlete symbol” be all I focus on, have a plan B and C just in case if A doesn’t work.

She also helped me to realize that even if I do make it having that degree behind me makes people respect you even more. That statement was so true. She also taught me things more hands on, things the book cant show you. This woman taught me life.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I had a awesome experience at Jackson State. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I think at HBCU’s they teach more hands on training and how to learn on the go. because some situations you have to adapt to as you are working and no text book can teach you that.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I think it prepared me as far as not letting people intimidate me because they came from bigger schools.

My track Coach Dr. Edmond Donald instilled that in us as athletes at Jackson State. He used to always say it don’t matter who they are if JSU is not across their chest they fighting for second.

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

Confidence that I can do the job better than anyone else, and that i was faster on my feet when it came to handling situations.

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Your dorm room, Palisades, Reservoir.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

The catfish place over off HWY 80 next to Wendy’s, and the chop beef sandwiches from the dude who use to be outside Frelon’s with his BBQ grill lol

What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

The Dougie Fresh song, JSU ROCKS THE HOUSE, WE ALL WE GOT!!!!

Who was your College crush?

I had two at JSU lol, My first year it was Julia Sawney and then my last year it was Sherly Robbins. But my over all crush was Brianna Glenn she ran track for University of Arizona lol.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasnt nervous, I was ready. I wanted to get away from home and see what other places had to offer

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Education and Therapeutic Recreation/ Recreation administration. I chose these because I knew I always wanted to be a college coach or an Athletic Director. In these two fields I learned about how to motivate and teach people how to do what you want them to do( education) I taught them how to solve different problems. With the other degree I learned about the human body how it operates and how to make it stronger.

What was your proudest moment @ Jackson State University?

When we came off probation and won conference at Jackson State, and the way we Built a Legacy there and life long brotherhood. Also when I graduated as well as when I got saved in college.

What was your saddest moment @ Jackson State University?

When my mom was hospitalized and I was at school and I was debating on dropping out

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

Alpha Phi Alpha but I pledged after college, Coach Donald wasn’t having that. Just the brother hood they had and things they stood for.

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

PHA Mason, Jumpstart, HHP club, plus my Church duties that I performed

Where was the “yard” located?

The Plaza , it used to go down fashion show, the Dj on the yard, that was the spot

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The plaza, the building next to financial aid.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Not that I know of.

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Road trip, to florida and stopped at every college on the way there , I met alot of people lol, Yes First love, man this brings back alot of memories lol

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Thank you, because the morals you put in my grand parents they put in my parents and they put them in me to succeed

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Strive to be the best at everything and start a legacy by reaching back and helping the next young person behind you so it can be a chain effect

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into manhood?

When I was able to take care of my mom, my sisters, help raise my nephew while my sister was away in college, and raise my two daughters

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

At a young age through sports

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

Football, baseball, track. Baseball was my first love and always will be. I go to games to this very day even though I went pro in a different sport

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

See what school has your major, check their graduation percentage in that field, and what kind of connects do they have to company’s in your field so that you can get internships and jobs

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

First time I ever dealt with it was on the east coast in 2010 while in grad school.

Me being from the inner city (Dallas) In my mind I was ready to fight, but I realized I have to be smarter than that. Always be one step ahead of the competition.

I didn’t let them know it bothered me so they didn’t know if they were effecting me or not so it really made them more upset

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Make the best of it. Chase all your dreams, live with no regrets and pray everyday.

Questions about Jackson State University? Completing your college application?Reach out to Damien!

Social Networking: facebook, instagram, twitter
Email Address: D Brig dbrig12@yahoo.com

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20th Dec2013

Constance Harvey – Tougaloo College ’00

by Staff

Successful and a 6th generation Tougalooian, Constance Harvey shares with us why she chose an HBCU over a pwi, why she specifically chose a legendary college like Tougaloo College, and much more

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HBCU Alum, Constance Harvey, a proud graduate of Tougaloo College ’00 | Image Credit: Constance Harvey

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

Forest, MS. I am a 6th generation Tougalooian!

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I love the family feel.

How did you decide to become a student at Tougaloo College?

I followed in my Mother’s footsteps.

What professors at Tougaloo College left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Dr. Olabode always told me that he expected so much out of me because I was somebody. This really comforted me because I was such a shy person. I always do my best and are comforted with his confidence in anything I ever do.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at Tougaloo College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Tougaloo College provided me a gentle and accountable well rounded education. The lessons I learned like always keeping copies of important documents and always speaking to someone that you pass are still with me today!

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I was fortunate to participate in our Tougaloo/Brown University Exchange Program and I subsequently became super confident, made lots of friends, did exceptional in my classes and ended up attending Roger Williams Law School in RI until 911 happened!

How did your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

I gathered all the tools I needed to be the best, never settle for less, be a team player and never take “no” for an answer.

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

The Co-op!

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Papa Johns and bumpers! Loved chilli cheese fries and Papa Johns pizza and wings on Hwy. 15,

Who was your College crush?

aced

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Read books and socialized!

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Political Science, Pre-law and Journalism because I wanted to be an international atty.

What was your proudest moment @ Tougaloo College?

Graduation

What was your saddest moment @Tougaloo College?

When a friend transferred to Rust!

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

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Constance Harvey, proud Devastating Diva of DST | Image Credit: Constance Harvey

Delta Sigma Theta because I am a legacy and the public service drives were awesome!

How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

Law clubs and DST!

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Brownlee Gym and Woodworth Chapel.

Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

No

How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

First f!

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Thank you for your investment to make this world better for me.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Enjoy yourself but leave the college in better shape that you found it!

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

Passing classes with Grade A!

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

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Read the Passion Driven Life by Louis F. Vargas | Image Credit: Barnes and Noble

After Law school I read The Passion Driven Life!

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

Basketball, Madrigals, Chorale, Band and Girl Scouts to socialize and make friends.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Be grateful and dream!

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

Shake my head and call on Jesus!

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

We all are dealt cards. It is up to us to be grateful, play them wisely and to stayed prayed up in advance.

Questions about finding your passion in life? About completing your college application? Respectfully contact Constance!

Email Address: C.oliviaburwell@gmail.com
Website(s): Theoliviagroup.net
Company Info.: The OLIVIA Group

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