Executive Administrator, Plante Moran
Owner, Soul School
How did USM prepare you to achieve your goals?
I must start out by saying that there was never any other discussion for college other than Black and Gold. Not only did my mother and father work at the university, but my sister was also a graduate of Southern Miss, so I was well aware of where I would be furthering my education.
For some, USM was just a school to further their education, but for me and my family, it played a large role in our household.
USM was a second home. I grew up there, and I participated in many functions and graduations there. This exposure allowed me to understand all that USM had to offer from education, sports, fine arts and extracurricular activities. Here, I found enough options to explore what I wanted to do and the support to put steps in place to achieve the goals I set for myself.
What would you tell your younger self?
Have courage… Be kind… Work hard… Laugh as much and as often as you can…
Words of wisdom to Black college students?
Life ain’t always fair, so work hard. No one owes you anything. Put your goals down on paper and figure out how you’re going to get there.
Have mentors that will help you succeed and reach your goals. If you don’t have goals, you’re just existing. Be a better you than you were last year…. last month… last week.
You are made for great things, so act like it!
Was college worth the investment?
I believe college is worth the investment because of the many experiences you get, and the life-long friendships made along the way.
What was the most impactful topic covered in The Unheard Word?
The impact of The Unheard Word was Black students finally being heard and recognized. We have our own tool of communication…. And yes, we do matter!