Tell us a little bit about yourself I attended the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, FL (#GoKnights!). I...
George Mason University
I thought I would be a lawyer, a patent lawyer to be exact. At the time, I really enjoyed law, but I also loved technology and being creative. So, I thought that patent law would be the perfect way to combine the two. I went to a high school outside of my district because I wanted to attend a particular legal studies academy at one of the high schools near where I am from. During my sophomore year, I took a computer class and discovered that pursuing a career in law wasn’t what I actually wanted. This gave me the drive to focus on what I truly wanted to do.
In my first year of college I took a pre-calculus class even though math was ALWAYS a struggle for me. I experienced a devastating setback when I failed the class and I worried constantly about my GPA and how it would affect my graduation. After a while, I realized that I was letting fear get in the way of who I was. By approaching the class with the perception of how hard math was for me, I limited my potential to perform well in the class. I eventually took the class again and passed. I never failed another math class.
How was your experience with STEM classes and teachers in middle and high school?
I struggled with some of the STEM classes in middle school but things got better once I got to high school. I believe my focus shifted in the right direction in high school because I started to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.
What’s next for you?
After grad school, I hope to have a new position, but I’m still figuring out what role I will pursue. I have an interest in social media positions related to the information security field.
What do you do to unwind?
Volunteering, writing for my blog lettaytellit.com, spending time with family and traveling.
What do you want to say to up and coming Melanin Genius?
Be who you are no matter what! Find what it is you want to do and do it to the best of your ability. Do not limit yourself because it’s true what they say, the sky really is the only limit.
What has been the most useful life advice you have received?
My mom always told me to make sure that I am doing what I love—no matter what. As an adult, I finally understand the importance of doing what you’re passionate about. It makes working a lot easier.
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