What makes you a Difference Maker?
I am passionate about people and being the bridge that connects people to something greater. Being a Difference Maker isn’t about the grand perfect moments, but rather it’s about going the extra mile in the little, seemingly insignificant interactions. I am a Difference Maker because I choose to build people up as opposed to tearing them down, I choose love over hate, and I care more about the whole as opposed to my personal gain. I give my all in everything I do and strive to make a difference wherever I find myself. My legacy will not be in all of the accolades I acquire over time, but in the moments I helped change lives along the way.
Tell us about your leadership experience.
On-campus, I am the president of Tau Sigma Honor Society and the president-elect for our Student Government. Off-campus, I am the CEO of Second Chance Nation Inc. A nonprofit that assists individuals go from setback to comeback. I am a Quality Manager at an automotive company called SprayTek and I also lead a group of Hyphen students (ages 18-30) navigate the in-between of going from youth to adult. My leadership experiences have evolved over time and led me to be a part of significant projects both academically and professionally. My style of leadership is Servant Leadership, in which my goal is to serve. I believe in sharing power, putting the needs of others first, and helping people develop and perform as highly as possible.
What is your dream career or goal?
My long-term life goal is to be in a position that allows me to assist individuals on a daily basis, and to help lead the next generation. In addition, I love what I do with Second Chance Nation Inc., and it would be a passion of mine to continue to build the organization into a nationwide nonprofit. My dream career would be to lead a team that builds IT infrastructure for domestic communities in need, as well as under-privileged third-world countries. I would also love a career that helps give a voice to those who feel voiceless, and a career that helps people with self-worth and self-love.
What is your most defining moment?
My most defining moment at UM-Dearborn was the moment I walked through the doors of the UC for the very first time. At that moment I felt the elation, the gravity, the excitement, and the feeling of navigating unchartered waters. Being the first in my family to go to college, my successes and academics are bigger than myself. That first moment of walking through the doors, I felt as if I was home and immediately loved the culture, the atmosphere, and the academic focus. A close second defining moment for me was being elected as Student Body President. I am truly grateful and honored.