When I look back on my experiences at Bowie State University, there are many lessons that were attained, but the most pertinent one was how not to let life pass by without living it. We are in a society where there are people who aren't as motivated as they should be, but I've learned that we hold the key to our own success and should make the most of anything we're given, small or large.
As I entered my sophomore year, I was able to contribute to the moments and events that shaped Bowie State University as the Student Government Association photographer. This was an honor because I was responsible for capturing moments of students’ lives that they could only relive through memory. This experience gave me more opportunities to work with different organizations and meet interesting people around campus.
I would have to say that the significant obstacle that I've overcome happened before I even knew Bowie State would be my school. Before Bowie State, I briefly attended the University of Maryland, College Park. My first semester there, I failed all my classes, which lead me to take a summer jumpstart program. Then my next two semesters were still not what I expected. At Bowie State’s spring graduation in 2008, my older sister was preparing for life after Bowie State, and I said to myself, "I can do this because I'm not a failure!" So I entered Bowie State University as a freshman in fall 2008, and it’s been a great ride ever since.
I would have to say that Professor Marie Brown, my advisor and favorite professor, has had the most impact on me. She has given me knowledge that you couldn't learn in the classroom. Professor Brown has countless years of in-field experience at stations like WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C., and she shares that experience with her students and gives us a real-world look at our career – something that can't be attained from any textbook.
I would have to say my photography work through my internship with DC Spotlight Newspaper has been helpful. My passion is photography, and my goal is to travel as a photojournalist. The knowledge gained through this work has given me an upper-hand on my future goals.
My degree will help me get into a film school where I will further my knowledge in production and photography. This will help in my future goals of becoming a photojournalist.
I plan to attend grad school and get a master’s in international business. I would love to be a project manager for a big retail or technology company.