School: The University of Akron
Major: Radio and Television Production
Minor: Consumer Marketing
Graduation: May 2016
Each week, we will be bringing you quick insights from young professionals and scholars who are making moves and care about helping you level up. Tyeal is an Ohio native, current Senior at the University of Akron set to graduate this spring.
BLOC: What transferrable skills have you gained from being involved on campus?
I’ve been involved in many organizations on campus. From my involvement as President of University Ambassadors I’ve learned skills such as dining etiquette, interviewing techniques and professional conversation tips. As Director of Marketing of our Black Students United Organization I’ve learned discussion mediation strategies and gained cultural event planning skills. As an intern in the University Communications and Marketing Department I’ve gained amazing hands-on experience related to the Integrated Marketing Communications field. My position as Promotions Director and role of an on-air radio host from WZIP 88.1 FM has taught me a lot about the radio industry and public relations and event planning.
BLOC: What goals do you want to focus on during the beginning of 2016?
I’m excited to have time to dedicate to self-care and my workout plan. I’m also going to focus on my entrepreneurial goals of starting a podcast with my best friend, and continue my photography activities.
BLOC: What album / artists have gotten you through your college years?
I’m a huge Drake fan so I’d definitely say his Take Care album continues to heal my soul. During extremely trying times in college I go back to my childhood and set the Lion King soundtrack on repeat. Lion King always makes me feel better.
BLOC: What is the most important lesson you've learned outside of the classroom?
Life is fluid. An emotional down is eventually followed by an up, and the cycle always repeats. The most important lesson from this observation has been how to appreciate the present moment.
BLOC: Self-care is important. What are you currently doing to take care of your mental health and personal needs?
During the semester it is hard to set aside time for myself because I’m always doing other things for other people, but one thing I always make time for is writing. I write everyday. To-do lists, new ideas, goals, dreams. It is very relieving for me and frees my mind.
BLOC: What are you currently reading?
The Obstacle is The Way- The timeless art of turning trials into triumphs; by Ryan Holiday.
BLOC: A quote that inspires you?
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
BLOC: What's a hashtag that would describe your personality?
BLOC: As the BLOC, our mission is to empower black collegians to achieve, connect and engage. We are really focused on enabling students to enact powerful change on their campuses and to bring the activist spirit and ethic into their given industry. How do you maintain your social consciousness / awareness while still staying focused on your studies?
My entire college journey has been focused on connecting my passions with my skills and I think this year I really learned how to balance that. I’ve chosen to analyze the content and media that I consume and that has made a huge difference in my consciousness and my mood. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the news of pain that people of color experience around the world. The important thing to do is to put some action to your emotions then go out and act with purpose and intention to improve your situation. Content from sites like Blavity, BLOC, and The Huffington Post Black Voices are inspiring to me.
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