Look Beyond Outside Forces: Video Transcript

Aziza Nicholson (BA Black World Studies and Urban & Regional Planning, Miami, 2001) [owner of a hair-styling business called A II Z Naturals LTD and the executive director for a global nonprofit organization called the Women Empowerment Project]: I would encourage students to think of every aspect of the discipline of liberal arts, every aspect. Look beyond what perhaps a parent or a relative or someone, outside forces, telling them with regard to what they should be or what they should do when they leave the university. I think the liberal arts education gives you such a round—excuse me, I want to use the right terminology—it gives you such a broad scope of reference. You are able to see and learn so much that you could almost be or do anything. Even if you focus in one area, perhaps business or perhaps geography, or whatever the case may be, ultimately, I would tell students today to think about what it is they really want to do first, take a little bit of time to figure that part out. What is it that you really want to do? Yeah, you've done four years at Miami University, but now that you're done, who are you and what is it that you want to do? What is it that you want to share with the world? You know, what impact do you want to take out from Miami, what do you want to take out, and show the world.

I would like to tell students today, I graduated 13, almost 14 years ago and the marketplace, the economy, everything is different now for students who are going to leave Miami University and look for employment. So I would tell students today to think about the things that they love first because ultimately, whatever career path you take, if you love what it is that you're doing, you're going to do a good job and you're going to make good money. So, I would tell students: focus on that. Oftentimes, we will do something because of money or the title and that's okay for some people but realistically it's best to consider what it is that you love and go for that.

[April 2014]