The Black Collegial Experience

What is the Black Collegial Experience? How is the nature of this experience altered in PWIs?

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Please check the "Archive" for a full description of the blog, dated March 16th, 2013, and titled "About The Blog."

THE POST-COLLEGE CHEAT SHEET

Write yourself a letter.  ”Seeing your goal written in ink, on paper will have a powerful effect on your mind” – Unknown

Jotting down your goals or expectations of yourself can  be the road map to your successful journey. Whether you decide to write a self-reflection or just a simple letter emphasizing where you envision yourself  in the next week/month or year can be beneficial to your growth.

Value your time. This means that you should be wary of engaging in activities and with people who do not benefit your personal and professional growth. Time well spent with great company  is never wasted. So, yes; be picky with your time and in choosing your friends or new acquaintances.

Learn to forgive! It’s not [easy], but it’s definitely worth doing. Learning how to forgive someone is the biggest gift you can give yourself. There is simply no value in holding grudges.

Network Upward, Downward and Sideways. Networking should be [done] across the board. You really don’t know where your next opportunity will come from. So  keep in mind the following:

- Connect with your peers and attend FREE networking workshops/panels within your industry.

- Keep in contact.

-  Study your elevator speech like your life depends on it.

- Let your passion speak for itself.

- Create a LinkedIn account and familiarize yourself with [the tool].

Learn to embrace rejection. We often [regard] rejection as a sign of failure when, in actuality, it’s the universe’s way of telling you that ” you’re not ready”  or ” this is not the time.”   So, don’t take it personal.

Save/Manage your money. If you haven’t been doing so, NOW is the time to start.There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have some funds with which to support yourself or simply to fall back on.  Teach yourself how to save; schedule an appointment with a financial advisor.

Do things that make you happy!  I love music, museums, concerts and people! I am at my best when [I am] surrounded by people who love and understand me. Find what makes YOU happy.

Stop comparing yourself to others.  Comparison is the thief of joy, just that simple. Focus on what you’re doing, what you have, and trust me, you’ll be content.

Be Thankful! You might have a bad day, or the interview you went to didn’t go so well, but guess what: you’re still alive and your family and friends still love and support you. Just remember to always keep your eyes on the prize.

- Nathalie Cazeau, American University

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Good morning
Look at the valedictorian; scared of the future
While I hop in the Delorean
Scared-to-face-the-world complacent career student
Some people graduate, but we still stupid…

—Kanye West - Good Morning

NYU Freshman, Aicha Fall, Lands An Interview with Brooklyn Nets Star Rookie and Center, Mason Plumlee

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"As the NBA’s regular season comes to an end, the Brooklyn Nets are preparing for their first round matchup against the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. Star rookie and Nets center Mason Plumlee shared his sentiments about his first pro season. Plumlee is currently ranked third on the Rookie of the Year ladder and entered the public consciousness after his game-winning block on the Miami Heat’s LeBron James. He has been dubbed a huge steal, drafted in at number 22 but becoming a key contributor to the Nets’ winning season.

Q: What have been the major differences between playing college basketball and being in the pro league?

A: Off the court, there’s a lot more free time. I don’t have to look forward to class, so I spend the same amount of time in the gym, but when I’m not in the gym I have all day free. When I’m not traveling I come home and have to find something to do to stay productive. On the court has been an easier transition for me. Although everyone is a bigger, better and stronger athlete, the way the NBA game is officiated I think has suited my style of play very well…”

Read more… (NYU News - Aicha Fall)

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Black Student Union Honors at the George Washington University.

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After graduating from the American University with a Master’s degree in Public Communication at the age of 22, I quickly realized that ‘life after college’ was not as glitzy and glamorous as I’d so desperately hoped. Upon initiating this conversation, with many of my friends, I’d discovered that they, too, had come to this sudden realization. Nevertheless, despite the obstacles we face as millennials entering the professional world, our level of ambition, determination and willingness to make sacrifices, I believe, is bound to propel us forward. In fact, it was these specific qualities, which I noticed in myself and my similarly aged peers, that prompted me to create my first personal blog, “My Freshman Year of Life,” intended to capture the early stages of the journeys of today’s Young Professionals…
- Nathalie Cazeau, American University
Read up on Nathalie’s blog, My Freshman Year of Life, on WordPress!
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After graduating from the American University with a Master’s degree in Public Communication at the age of 22, I quickly realized that ‘life after college’ was not as glitzy and glamorous as I’d so desperately hoped. Upon initiating this conversation, with many of my friends, I’d discovered that they, too, had come to this sudden realization. Nevertheless, despite the obstacles we face as millennials entering the professional world, our level of ambition, determination and willingness to make sacrifices, I believe, is bound to propel us forward. In fact, it was these specific qualities, which I noticed in myself and my similarly aged peers, that prompted me to create my first personal blog, “My Freshman Year of Life,” intended to capture the early stages of the journeys of today’s Young Professionals…

- Nathalie Cazeau, American University

Read up on Nathalie’s blog, My Freshman Year of Life, on WordPress!

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You know what - the shit I got in high school from these stuck-up, no good girls just for going natural. Nowadays, all of these same girls are wearing their natural hair just the same. Part of me is happy for them, and the other part just wishes they’d all just take a head start running into a brick wall. I’m just glad I had enough confidence back to hold my head and middle high and not feel belittled by these two-for-one microwavable popcorn ass girls. I’m glad you guys are all catching up to what you think is just the latest trend.

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