Help Us Celebrate The Spring Class of 2017: “We Made It”: We Came, We Learned, We Conquered! What’s Next?

We Made It! As each of the Spring Class of 2017 graduates plan to put on their cap and gowns and sit with their peers to listen to their commencement speakers, they will think about all the ‘good’ food they ate at the cafe, long nights they stayed up studying for that test, disagreements with roommates,  hanging out with friends on the yard, skipping class (YOU didn’t of course), using your phone to look up answers for the pop quiz (YOU never did that either), praying your teacher gave you those few extra points to pass the course (WE’VE all been there) and last but not least and most importantly, they’ll remember all the great relationships they built, recourses they used,  and life-changing lessons they learned. This is only the beginning for all of the seniors that will hopefully hold the lessons close as they go forward in their chosen career fields.

QUINCY WHEATON, Grambling State University, Mass Communication, Bachelor’s of Arts

After graduation Wheaton plans to find a job in his field. He says he has learned to be pretty well-rounded with working in the media field, but he hopes to find a job working as a radio personality. “One special thing that I learned in college is the significance of responsibility. College is meant to teach you different levels of responsibility with all of the different factors that are there to distract you or able to make you lose focus from your goal of obtaining a degree,” he said.

BLAKE BANNER, 3rd year DPT student at Florida A&M Universtiry, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Banner is scheduled to take my licensure exam in July to begin practicing as a doctor of Physical Therapy then going to begin my career in Washington D.C. to worth with underserved populations! “One special thing I learned from college is anything is possible with shots of espresso, a good support system, and the desire to change the world,” she said.

JUSTIN SMITH, Texas Southern University, Bachelor’s of Science in Dietiecs

Upon acceptance to the residency programs Jones has applied to he is still in pursuance of becoming a Registered Dietitian. As a graduating senior he has stated that is important to network. “Networking is the most essential aspect of the college experience besides receiving a quality education and earning your degree,” Smith said.

TAYLOR STEWART, Grambling State University , Mass Communication, Bachelors of Arts  

Stewart will go home first to enjoy time with her family. Being that she lives in Maryland she says it will be nice to get to be home for a little longer than normal. After that she plans to do an internship later in the summer with Tom Joyner Foundation. “One thing I learned from college was that you can only do anything you set your mind to, no matter what anyone says,” she said. At Grambling Stewart had the opportunity to be apart of SGA, GSU cheer, AKA, DBW, and serve as Miss CoverGirl. She was able to do all of those things because she never listened to people who wanted her to be only one person. So I guess I learned to be very well-rounded!

JONATHAN GIVAN, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Graphic Design

Givan plan is to pursue a job in his field of study and try to get paid some bank! Givan is also an entrepreneur who plans on continuing to work on his clothing line and business called “Dreamz”. “One thing I learned is to network with everybody and to use the all of the excellent resources that your college offers,” he said.

ASHLEY SANTOS, Prairie View A&M University, Phycology and minor in Chemistry

Santos is headed to the Saba University School of Medicine in the Fall where she plans to become a plastic surgeon. “One thing that I have learned throughout my journey at PV is to stay focused on what you truly want, keep God first, and do not let anyone get in the way of your goals,” she said.

PATRICK JONES, Southeastern Louisiana University, Accounting, Bachelors of Science

Jones plans to go on a 7 day cruise right after graduation. After that, he’s going to work as a summer intern. He will be starting his MBA at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Fall and will be working as a grad assistant. Next Spring, he’ll be working for a CPA firm as a tax intern. “One special thing I’ve learned from college is from one of my accounting professors Dean Digregorio, practice and repetition makes perfect, and I’ll carry that into my work as a CPA in the near future,” he said.

Cookie L’Rome, Columbus State University, General Business

After graduating L’Rome plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s in Forensic Accounting. “One special thing I learned from college is that is imperative to take advantage of the resources provided (i.e. the career center helping with resume and interview prepping).”

CAMPUSLATELY WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL GRADUATING SENIORS!!!

If you are a 2017 graduate as well, please leave a comment and let us know what’s up NEXT for YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

>We Made It! As each of the Spring Class of 2017 graduates plan to put on their cap and gowns and sit with their peers to listen to their commencement speakers, they will think about all the ‘good’ food they ate at the cafe, long nights they stayed up studying for that test, disagreements with roommates,  hanging out with friends on the yard, skipping class (YOU didn’t of course), using your phone to look up answers for the pop quiz (YOU never did that either), praying your teacher gave you those few extra points to pass the course (WE’VE all been there) and last but not least and most importantly, they’ll remember all the great relationships they built, recourses they used,  and life-changing lessons they learned. This is only the beginning for all of the seniors that will hopefully hold the lessons close as they go forward in their chosen career fields.

QUINCY WHEATON, Grambling State University, Mass Communication, Bachelor’s of Arts

After graduation Wheaton plans to find a job in his field. He says he has learned to be pretty well-rounded with working in the media field, but he hopes to find a job working as a radio personality. “One special thing that I learned in college is the significance of responsibility. College is meant to teach you different levels of responsibility with all of the different factors that are there to distract you or able to make you lose focus from your goal of obtaining a degree,” he said.

BLAKE BANNER, 3rd year DPT student at Florida A&M University, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Banner is scheduled to take my licensure exam in July to begin practicing as a doctor of Physical Therapy then going to begin my career in Washington D.C. to worth with underserved populations! “One special thing I learned from college is anything is possible with shots of espresso, a good support system, and the desire to change the world,” she said.

JUSTIN SMITH, Texas Southern University, Bachelor’s of Science in Dietiecs

Upon acceptance to the residency programs Jones has applied to he is still in pursuance of becoming a Registered Dietitian. As a graduating senior he has stated that is important to network. “Networking is the most essential aspect of the college experience besides receiving a quality education and earning your degree,” Smith said.

TAYLOR STEWART, Grambling State University , Mass Communication, Bachelors of Arts  

Stewart will go home first to enjoy time with her family. Being that she lives in Maryland she says it will be nice to get to be home for a little longer than normal. After that she plans to do an internship later in the summer with Tom Joyner Foundation. “One thing I learned from college was that you can only do anything you set your mind to, no matter what anyone says,” she said. At Grambling Stewart had the opportunity to be apart of SGA, GSU cheer, AKA, DBW, and serve as Miss CoverGirl. She was able to do all of those things because she never listened to people who wanted her to be only one person. So I guess I learned to be very well-rounded!

JONATHAN GIVAN, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Graphic Design

Givan plan is to pursue a job in his field of study and try to get paid some bank! Givan is also an entrepreneur who plans on continuing to work on his clothing line and business called “Dreamz”. “One thing I learned is to network with everybody and to use the all of the excellent resources that your college offers,” he said.

ASHLEY SANTOS, Prairie View A&M University, Phycology and minor in Chemistry

Santos is headed to the Saba University School of Medicine in the Fall where she plans to become a plastic surgeon. “One thing that I have learned throughout my journey at PV is to stay focused on what you truly want, keep God first, and do not let anyone get in the way of your goals,” she said.

PATRICK JONES, Southeastern Louisiana University, Accounting, Bachelors of Science

Jones plans to go on a 7 day cruise right after graduation. After that, he’s going to work as a summer intern. He will be starting his MBA at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Fall and will be working as a grad assistant. Next Spring, he’ll be working for a CPA firm as a tax intern. “One special thing I’ve learned from college is from one of my accounting professors Dean Digregorio, practice and repetition makes perfect, and I’ll carry that into my work as a CPA in the near future,” he said.

Cookie L’Rome, Columbus State University, General Business

After graduating L’Rome plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s in Forensic Accounting. “One special thing I learned from college is that is imperative to take advantage of the resources provided (i.e. the career center helping with resume and interview prepping).”

CAMPUSLATELY WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL GRADUATING SENIORS!!!

If you are a 2017 graduate as well, please leave a comment and let us know what’s up NEXT for YOU!

 

 

 

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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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