Tennessee State University

Memories and Advice from Graduating Seniors

AYONNA JAMES
Advice to Students: “Live for Tomorrow and not for Today, because the actions you make today affect your tomorrow.”
DAVID JENKINS
Advice: My advice to an underclassmen is to just make sure you study. You’re going to have days where you want to quit, but just pray, and you will make it through. Next Step: To attend law school, and one day go back to my hometown and show them if I can make it, they can too.
ASHLEY HICKS
Advice: My advice is to do everything you’ve ever wanted to do- join organizations, study abroad and have beneficial summers. Favorite Memory: My favorite memories occurred while I was living in Wilson..Crazy stuff went down! Next step: Months worth of Studying for MCAT. I plan to take the test in the Fall.
ALISHA TUNING
Advice: Enjoy life Favorite memory: Being with my sisters and studying abroad Next step: Being a great nurse where ever God takes me.
OMARI PERRY
Advice: When times get hard, don’t give up. Keep your head held up high, and remember why you came to school in the first place. Favorite Memory:Centennial year. Everybody was on campus and had school spirit. Next Step: Going to graduate school, getting my teaching
certification and work on opening my business.
RONNIECE HAYNIE
Advice: Stay focused, the partying and your true friends will always be there. Always keep your main goal in mind and that is to obtain your degree. Most importantly, believe in yourself even when others tell you you aren’t capable. College is when you find yourself, you will gain and lose friends, but as long as you stay true to yourself and your morals, you will make it. Favorite Memory: Experiencing my first spring break with my closest friends. It was lit! Next Step: To attend a physician assistant program
RYAN MITCHELL
Advice: Remember the reason why your here at college. There’s going to be plenty of distractions along the way, but you have to remain focused on your purpose. I’m not saying don’t have fun, but work now and play later. Favorite Memory: 1. Running down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown in front of our home crowd as we go up on our opponents. 2. Probating as a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Next Step: If another door doesn’t open for football at the next level I’m going to grad school for sports administration.
BRITNEY COOPER
Advice: No matter what anyone tells you, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you; and lastly never get discouraged Favorite Memory:The impact I left on so many young ladies here. I never thought that so many young women would look up to me the way they do, and I have to say that’s truly a blessing. Next Step: Whew! This is the big question here. After graduation, I will be moving to Atlanta to intern at a hospital and also pursue my passion for dance.
APRIL HIGGENBOTTOM
I’m 22 years old from Memphis, Health Sciences major with a concentration in
Physical Sciences with a 3.4 GPA. My advice: Do as much as you can while you can because time waits for no one…join organizations, join honor societies, build
connections with your professors, get a mentor, stay connected with the career center, and just overall have fun and enjoy college while it lasts. Favorite memory: My entire freshman year…I was the assistant stage director of a play, joined Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and just had fun getting to know different people around campus while still maintaining a 4.0 for my first semester. Next step: Work for a year and then grad school. I want to become a physical therapist for the NBA so I have to attend 3 years of PT school to get licensed and then apply for the NBA position. I want to either attend The University of Miami, Georgia State or TSU.
JESSICA ROBINSON
Cardio Respiratory Care Sciences major Advice: Focus but don’t get lost. Don’t be your biggest critic. Be your biggest supporter. Believe in your goals. Surround yourself with like-minded or similar goal-oriented individuals. Always get back up when you fall. The most important piece of advice I can give is inspire someone else along their journey! Favorite Memory: Actually, it is unfortunate that I have not had any good memories at TSU. I have struggled from the moment I walked onto this campus. When I reached out for help, no one would help. So maybe my favorite memory is realizing that I was in control of my destiny and I needed to have my own back. Never wait around for someone to help. Try, try and try again to help yourself. Once you’ve reached the finish line, you can thank your obstacles for conditioning you, making you stronger, and giving you a testimony that you can share with someone else. Next Step: 1. Reward myself. 2. Pass my national board licensure. 3. Work as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. 4. Create a scholarship fund for minorities in my hometown of Sparta, Illinois. 5. Obtain my PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology. 6. Conduct my business plan to help fix homelessness in America. 7. Become a wife and mother. 8. Inspire others. 9. Realize time is on my side, so I don’t have to rush.
JENSEN GOLDTRAP
Political Science major Advice: Ask yourself why you have the reaction, feeling, or thought you have about the material you are working on. This helps you think critically, and it’s the sort of thing teachers like reading in essays Memory: When one of my classmates asked me, out of the blue, if I was androgynous. It made me feel really good about my gender expression. Next Step: Read more comics, work on my drawing, get out more, move out of the house, and find a new job.
CHRIS HAWKINS
Advice: Get out of the room and get involved socially in campus organizations as well as professional societies. Make and maintain relationships because your classmates are the ones who are going to help you get through your classes, and you never know who can help you after you get out. Favorite memory: AOB halftime performances and midnight courtyards. Next step: Graduating with a job in my field.
J.C. De’Marko Vancušô Burnett-Gordon:
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Theater and Communication and a minor in Dance Advice: Take heed to the things that your teachers, deans, and advisors tell you it’s okay to party and have fun and pledge but don’t forget the reason why you came to college! You’re a full adult now, take responsibility for your actions and meet all deadlines because no one is going to hold your hand like they did in high school, college is an entire different ball game. Most of all enjoy the experience that college can bring you: development of new friendships, educational value, career opportunities, some teacher will get professionally ready for the real world, but the choice is yours what you do with it. Favorite Memory: In the 3 years of being in the TSU Dance Experience Ensemble and not being able to have a Spring Dance Concert this semester made up for it all. The entire University celebrated with us for our 33rd Annual Dance
Concert. I choreographed a number, had a senior solo and dance a pas de deux with my sister and friend Kelsey JaNaé Houston, who is a junior double major Pre-Med and Sociology. Next step: I’m returning to the University of Memphis to finish my Bachelors of Professional Studies concentration Dance Education, so that I will be a certified dance teacher in the state of TN for K-12.  I’m classified as a Senior there as well, so I’m looking forward to a second graduation before I return to TSU for my Masters in Physical Education. #FOREVERATIGER


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