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Inequalities in Education


Where were you born and how many siblings do you have?

I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. I am the oldest of four girls.

Do you believe where you are born determines who you will become?

In short, no. I grew up in a rough part of the city but I was always determined to do so much more with my life than what I saw around me. Thankfully, I had a mother who ensured we had an education and she didn't expose us to negative things. She took care of us. I didn't let what was around me, shape me and knew there was better for me in the world.

What is your personality like?

I am generally quiet, but I can't keep quiet when it comes to topics that I am passionate about such as inequalities in education, children, and good food. I love to laugh and am laid back. I am also intuitive.

What do you hope to be in life and why?

I aspire to be an educator in English at the middle school level and eventually the college level. I also have a passion for reading and writing and would like to open a phonics center. I want to do these things because learning is power. I love learning. Reading is fundamental and necessary. If a person can read, that opens doors to every avenue in life. My motto for writing is that you may not enjoy writing, but when the time calls for it, do it well.

What are your hobbies and interests?

In my spare time, I like to read and write. I enjoy movies, music and shopping. I also consider myself a movie critic. People often come to me to ask my opinion on movies.

Who do you enjoy spending time with? What do you do when you are together?

I enjoy spending time with my children. I have the best of both worlds; a 3 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. It is amazing what children know and I admire how observant they are. I take my children to the park, movies, church, concerts (family friendly of course), and they love going to birthday parties or grandmas.

Where did you attend college and why did you select that particular institution?

I attended Lincoln University which is located in Jefferson City, Missouri. I was attracted to this university because it is a small campus and 2 hours away from home. I didn't want to be too far away from family. It is also an Historically Black College and it has a rich history. The school was founded by soldiers who were rejected at a nearby university based on their skin color so they decided to start their own university. I love it because it shows they weren't going to be denied an education and instead of feeling defeated, they did something about it. In result, I also try to give back by participating in online discussions for students (eg. EssayForum) and helping them reach their writing and research goals.

What was your major?

I majored in journalism with an emphasis in print. I also minored in sociology.

Why do you feel that you are an excellent research writer?

I believe that I am an excellent research writer because I know how to gather facts. I understand how to find reliable sources, Wikipedia is not a reliable source, for instance, although some people believe it is. Facts, quotes, anything listed word for word must be cited otherwise it is considered plagiarism. I can also construct a paper that flows from sentence to sentence and can make paragraphs transition without being out of place. There must be a main idea, details that supports the main idea and a conclusion.



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