May 15th, 2014–Atlanta, GA– In May 2010, I graduated from the University of Alabama with my Bachelor of Arts in Communication & Information Sciences with a concentration in Public Relations and Spanish–se habla español. It was the most memorable experience of my young life, at 21 I was a college grad and I my dream of becoming a Power House Public Relations Specialist was on the horizon! I soon learned dreams don’t turn into reality overnight— in fact, it takes time and dedication to get where you want to be. I moved back to my hometown for a few months and was reminded that my purpose could not be fulfilled living in Huntsville, AL. So I set out to GET OUT! I applied to graduate schools in Major cities across the nation including Atlanta and New York City. I studied for the GRE, began the application process— and finally an acceptance letter! I chose to study in the heart of the south, A-T-L-A-N-T-A, at Kennesaw State University.
The Master of Public Administration program closely aligned with my long-term professional career goals. I’ll admit, in the 5th grade for career day, I dressed up as the First African-American Female President of the United States of America– they say dream big, right? I set out to move to Atlanta, GA- a true step OUT on faith. I quit my day job, and trusted that God would put me in a position that would sustain me throughout my graduate studies. I was a hostess for a spell, worked overnight shifts at Vicki’s Secret at minimum wage– and took a few gig jobs here and there. Finally, an official position was offered to me with the Pathways Student Internship program with the Federal Government– talk about FAVOR!
From 2012- to present, I have grown personally, professionally, and spiritually. I have appreciated my experience here in Atlanta, it has been a rewarding city to explore various case studies and real-world examples of the function of the public sector in our lives. I am a public servant and I aspire to serve the public interest in any and every way I can. The masters program was not cake walk, but it was worth every step it took; especially to finally walk across the stage to receive my Masters degree. I have invested 6 years of my life to my post-secondary education— from 18-25! From the 2 hour commute to class 2-3 times a week (Atlanta Traffic Jams!)– to the 40+ page research papers– it was ALL worth it!
Advice to Fellow Millennials on the Move
1. Stay Encouraged.– Surround yourself with friends who FORCE you to be greater than! If your friends don’t inspire, you– you need new friends.
2. Value Your Education and Your Experience.– Although it may seem like everyone has a college education or a Master’s degree— they really don’t. Your circle may be educated, but only about 33% of the nation has a college degree. Don’t undermine your education, and don’t let anyone else for that matter.
3. Know that God has a plan! Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
4. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!–It is one thing that can never be taken away from you!
5. Step out on faith, it works EVERY TIME!
6. Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness. — Your life is yours, your vision is yours, your passion is yours….who better to consult with than yourself?
7. Get out of your comfort zone!!!!! — How do you expect to get somewhere you’ve never been if you remain in the same zone you’ve always known?
8. Network with like-minded individuals. — Are you more creative than analytical? Do you like numbers? Do you love writing? Whatever your “‘thing” is, make friends with those who share your passion.
9. Make your Passion your Paycheck!– I opt to take on freelance PR projects, blog, host an online radio show, provide brand consultancy, and stay up to date with new trends in the PR industry– because it is my passion! I may not be a millionaire from my passion today, but greatness takes time… =)
10. Trust the process.— When I started the graduate program, I sometimes thought “What was I thinking?” but we have to realize ALL things have a purpose– trust the process and reap what you sow!
Check out some of my pictures from graduation day!
So what’s next On Giselle Avenue? Well… Do you know any great companies and/or organizations looking for highly-energized Communication professionals who aim to serve the Public Interest? LET ME KNOOOOOW! =)
Open to relocate.
Passion for Pay.
Lover of serving the public interest.
Fluent in Spanish.
Always on the Bright Side.