This podcast is to help and motivate students to get through college. When I was an undergraduate there were a lot of things that I struggled with personally, outwardly and inwardly. Through this podcast my goal is to let students know that they can make it through college no matter what circumstances or situations that may come up in their lives.
In this episode I talk about my new book release and what inspired me to write it! The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble website. The book is titled, "Metamorphosis: Overcoming Adversity and Unleashing the Best Version of You."
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents I will be talking to Parrish Dove. He is a creative entrepreneur hailing from Jacksonville, FL. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, tailor, and critical thinking enthusiast. He believes that "We must Create Magic from the Mundane". Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, CA pursuing his career in marketing and costume design.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking to Donzell Lampkins. Donzell is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker currently serving as a director of a university counseling center at a liberal arts university. His professional and personal goal is to help individuals identify and overcome barriers that are prohibiting them from reaching their full potential. He achieves this through utilizing a culturally-humble, strength-base, client-centered approach to empowering and centering his clients and members of the community to process and resolve difficult emotions and situations in their life.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking to Billyne Francois. She is from Winter Haven, Florida. She’s a recent graduate from Florida Atlantic University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. She began her academic career at Miami Dade College and earned her Associate’s degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. At Miami Dade College she was challenged and pushed to grow not only as an individual but as a woman. At Miami Dade College she cofounded, “Influential Ambitious Motivated Women,” which is an organization designed to motivate women of color who struggles in college. Billyne now serves as the founder of, “The Everythinger” which is an online publication made for black women. It is a place where black women can take a break and focus on their relationship with themselves.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking to Odlenika Joseph. She is a Haitian immigrant and she currently resides in Lake Worth, Florida. She is involved on the FAU campus as the President of the “Oh So Pretty” Pi Eta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. Professionally, she is a Shift Lead for Instacart at Publix. You may have seen her recently on stage as the Lady in Purple in the play “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.” She will be graduating this fall with her Bachelors in Theatre Performance.
On this episode of, #DearCollegeStudents I will be talking to Briana Parnell. Briana is a recent Alumna from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in International Business. She recently discovered her passion in the fashion industry but particularly in creating unique outfits from thrifted clothes. While she works full time in a marketing position, she dedicated her free time towards her two businesses, B’s unique boutique and Fresh Remedy which is all-natural and organic skin care products. She aspires to encourage others to chase their dreams regardless of whatever obstacles they may encounter.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Andrew Duperval. Andrew graduated with his Bachelors in Corporate Finance and Accounting. Andrew is one of the top upcoming business and brand consultants helping entrepreneurs monetize their passion, start their business, and manifest their five year vision. He is the CEO of Young Hustlers Under 40, an upcoming entrepreneur development network, and the COO of Chouval Brothers LLC., a demolition company. Andrew has helped write over 10 business plans, consulted over 30 businesses and entrepreneurs (barbershops, salons, restaurants, consultants, etc.) and spoken to over 150 students, over 100 adults, and over 100 entrepreneurs at various workshops, conferences, and events around the east coast.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Jazmine Lora. Jazmine just graduated with her Bachelors in Criminal Justice and is an assistant manager at massage envy. She is also a Lead mentor with scholar career coaching. In this episode Jazmine will be talking about some of the adversities that she had to overcome, what it was like being a first generation college student, and why she chose to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
On this episode of, #DearCollegeStudents I will be talking to Caitlin Sierra. Caitlin graduated with a degree in Social Work from Georgia Fox University. She is now a musician who speaks and performs at assemblies across the United States for K-12 students. Caitlin’s life philosophy is simple, “to leave people better than she found them by enriching the lives of those she meets.”
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Joselie Joseph. She is currently majoring in Health Administration and minoring in Sociology. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity, Incorporated. and G.L.A.M. Outside of her academic career she is very involved in makeup and believes that it’s a true form of art that lets you tap into your creative mind. Joselie will not only be talking about how she started getting involved in makeup but also why she believes that patience, persistence and never giving up is the key to accomplishing your goals.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Vickson Carvil. Vickson was born and raised in Dade County by Haitian parents. He is also the youngest of four children. He attended Florida Atlantic University in 2012 where he has been involved in several organizations on campus. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity, Incorporated and an Ice Cold brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He obtained his Bachelors in Management Information Systems and enrolled into an accelerated one year program to earn his Masters in IT Management with a focus in Information Security. He is currently working in his field in cyber-security as an IT Security Analyst in Delray Beach, FL. Fun facts about Vickson is that he constantly in the gym, he loves sight-seeing and hanging out with his peers. He also stepped in high school and college and he loves babies especially his youngest nephew Jason. The quote that he lives by is, “You treat people the way you want to be treated.”
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking to Keith Powell. Keith was born and grew up in Orlando, FL most of his life. He is a first generation college student and was raised by his mother and big sister who are the two most important people in his life, as well as his baby sister. He is a junior at Florida Atlantic University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice. He plans on infiltrating the government and fighting for equality for African Americans and minorities as a whole. He is a brother of Progressive Black Men Inc. and the current President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking to Marvel Joseph. Marvel is a student at Florida Atlantic University majoring in Economics. Prior to transferring to FAU, Marvel was a student leader at Florida State University, serving as Director of the FSU Black Male Initiative which is a program created by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs to increase retention and graduation rates of black males on campus. During the 2018 Florida Legislative Session, Marvel was the legislative assistant to State Representative, Al Jacquet. Marvel served as a Diamond Summer Intern, working directly in the AIPAC Headquarters in Washington D.C. working within the political department. During this time, he tracked races within key congressional districts while also helping research legislation strengthening the US-Israel relationship. At FAU, Marvel has helped re-establish OwlPAC, a pro-Israel organization focused on educating student-leaders on the importance of the US-Israel relationship. He currently is working on a project in an effort to expand study abroad programs for HBCU students in the Middle East, in an effort to connect the black diaspora from across the world.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Edward Bennett IV, MSW is a native of Parrish, FL and alumnus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University where he earned a Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work, respectively. Ed is currently pursuing a Ph.D. of Social Work at Florida State University where he has identified research interests as the psychosocial barriers impeding parental involvement in high poverty and low achieving schools. Previously, he served as Faculty in the Department of Social Work at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). While at FAMU, he taught in the undergraduate Social Work program, provided academic advising and mentorship, and oversaw interns in the school setting. Before entering Higher Education, Ed held employment as a School Social Worker, Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker, and the Director of Kappa League and Guide Right programs in Sarasota- Bradenton. Upon completion of the Ph.D., Ed desires to serve as a Research Professor and consultant to ameliorate the phenomena of poor parental involvement in K-12 schools.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Tia Byrd. Tia is a Liberian-American originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and has aspirations of attending medical school in the future. Love, faith and dedication are the main foundations of her life. Tia balances a heavy course load while also maintaining an active student life on campus. Currently, she is a member of One Mic Poetry Organization, American Medical Women’s Association and she also serves as an Executive Board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. at Florida Atlantic University.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with John Mitchell. John got into sports at a very young age and played soccer, football, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. He got an athletic scholarship to play football at Florida Atlantic University in 2015. He graduated high school in 2016. He had to have back surgery because of herniated discs in 2017. He is currently playing in his third season and in his fourth year at Florida Atlantic University, majoring in biology and pre-medicine.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Miles Brinkley. Miles is a graduate of Stanford University, class of 2018, and currently serves as a technical consultant and account executive for a private cyber defense firm in San Francisco. Miles graduated Stanford with a double major in Political Science and Africana Studies, and plans to enroll in Law School in the fall of 2021 to pursue a JD focusing on corporate and entertainment law.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Chasity Spann from Miami, Florida. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and has earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sociology. Chasity is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health and Social Work while working for the Florida Department of Health. Although it all looks easy, the process definitely was not. Chasity will not only discuss her hardships while pursuing her studies, but also what keeps her motivated and her future plans, stay tuned!
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Travon McCullough who also goes by the name, Trigga Tray. Travon is a percussionist and the creator of the #drumcypher. He also is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University Information Technology and Management master’s program. Travon was involved in many organizations on campus and is a member of Progressive Black Men, Alpha Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Jessie Houston Jr. Jessie is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University and earned his degree in Business Administration and currently works in Human Resources. Jessie is the podcast host of “SpeakUp Podcast.” He also is the CEO and founder of, “SpeakUp Network.” Jessie will not only talk about how he started his podcast but also the mountains that he had to climb for his podcast to become successful.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents I will be talking with Jermane Rose. He is from Miramar, Fl. He is currently enrolled at Florida Atlantic University and is a 20 year old sophomore majoring in communication studies. His aspirations are to either become a publicist or a news anchor. He enjoys fitness wholeheartedly and plans on attaining his personal training certification before the year 2020. Many people would describe Jermane as an easy going individual with a good head on his shoulders. Jermane is an only child who was very involved in sports. Stemming from a Jamaican household he had to learn how to take responsibility at an early age and quickly carried those morals and values into adulthood. He is currently a multicultural program coordinator at FAU and an active member of the Undisputed Upsilon Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be talking with Gerald Jean-Baptiste. Gerald is a senior attending Florida Atlantic University and majoring in Sociology with a minor in Studio art. Gerald is a self-taught graphic designer. Some of the things that Gerald does is brand logos, apparel designs, cartoon avis, logo revamps, cover art and a lot more. Gerald was also the one that designed my cover art. Gerald will not only talk about how he started to get into graphic design but also what constantly motivates him to keep going.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be chatting with Shemar Bazile. Shemar is a junior attending Florida Atlantic University and majoring in Sociology. He is tremendously involved on campus. Some of the organizations that Shemar is involved in is the Black Student Union, National Council of Negro Women, FAU Esports team and Prestige Modeling Troupe. In his down time he plays video games and has recently started his own live stream gaming channel called, “Ugly Gaming.” Shemar will not only talk about how he became so involved on campus but also what inspired him to start his own gaming channel and some of the obstacles that he had to overcome in order to make it successful.
In this episode of #DearCollegeStudents, I will be chatting with Aric Popun, a 23 year old graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in cognitive science. He talks not only about how he likes to do film photography, likes to travel, and enjoys learning and expanding his knowledge about different cultures. He also talks about the obstacles that he faced which were dropping out of college and having to enroll back in college, all while having to deal with the pressure and shame of his family life back home. Despite all of this, Aric has truly realized that, ‘In Every Dark Cloud There’s A Silver Lining.’
In this episode I talk about what it means to be famous versus being effective. Often at times we focus so much on being famous that we forget that all the materialistic things come and go but what is most important is how we can make an impact on someone's life and help them achieve success and reach their full potential.
In this episode I talk about what it means to elevate your leadership game and to stop playing checkers and start playing chess, and no I’m not talking about the physical game but the mental game, shifting from being reactive and to start being proactive.
In this episode I talk about what is known as a, "Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset." Often we believe that we cannot achieve what we want to achieve in life because we put limits on ourselves. The purpose of this episode is to change your thinking and to help you move from a, "Fixed Mindset," and move into a, "Growth Mindset."
In this episode I talk about what it means to stay consistent with whatever goals that you are trying to accomplish and I also give my personal tips on how I continue to stay consistent on a daily basis.
In this episode I talk about what is called the: 30 day challenge. The purpose of the 30 day challenge is to help you accomplish the goal that you have set for yourself and to remind you that you have no limits and you can always change your circumstances and situations if you first change your mentality.
I actually received a special request to talk about how I balanced my social life and my academic life. The trick is that you can’t have a balance between the two without Time Management. In this episode I talk about how I balanced between the two and also some Time Management techniques that I use personally.
Post Graduate Depression is a topic that is rarely talked about but it does exist among college graduates. In this episode I talk more about Post Graduate Depression, what it is, who it affects, and ways to combat it.
We often limit ourselves or sell ourselves short because of our limited thinking. In this episode I will talk about what it means by the term, “Mindshift,” and how we can change our thinking in order to live up to our full potential.