Friday, April 17, 2015

#FVSU: 49th Annual Ralph P. Malone Youth Motivation Task Force Conference

Many people do not understand how AUTHENTIC the joy in my face is!
My #FreshmanYear at Fort Valley State University  changed my life.
I didn't put on the Freshman 15 pounds, but the things I went through helped show me my worth and how valuable my life is.
It meant a lot to hear from a FVSU Alum Fred Sterdivant and Dr. Simmons from FVSU about coming back to speak to the students at Fort Valley State.
I've shared this story before but I tried to commit suicide my Freshman year and it was serious issue on campus.
I was the Freshman Class president and had a promising academic & collegiate leadership career at FVSU, but I decided to go home after a Spring Break visit to Mississippi to help my Grandmother during her battle with Breast cancer.
That year taught me that the people who stood by me in my roughest times all saw something in me that I couldn't see yet.
I am 31 years old and I own my own business (still building), I am very active in my community and I have my hands in businesses/projects that align with my purpose in life.
College students need to hear the unconventional way of finishing your degree and getting experience from LIFE!
I got my LIFE that first year of college and that promise I made to my grandmother to finish my degree happened 8 years later...I had a child and I was engaged and I was pregnant at the time when I completed my Bachelor's Degree! LOL

To be here as a speaker & consultant I owe that to my Mentor Elbert Murphy who brought me on this campus over 13 years ago!
He was from Hattiesburg, Mississippi like me and he saw the VALUE!
The value of me getting out of Mississippi to find my own way.
I am still not there.
I am worthy of this path I am on.

Thank you to Fort Valley State University for two of the most impactful days of my life.
So many emotions... So many students... So many questions... So many answers!
I appreciate this opportunity and for God seeing that the first University that I spoke at was FVSU!


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