When people ask me what I do, I always answer in the same way by saying that I am a student working towards a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration. Although, to me, being a student is so much deeper and interwoven with the fabric life than that. For me, being a student means the eternal pursuit of knowledge that makes a difference in our lives. Such as psychology, communication, marketing, language, time management, teamwork, public speaking, leadership, philosophy, relationships, the universe, and of course, the study of great individuals. Among my many mentors, Helen Keller has had the biggest impact on me thus far. The unique experiences of my life have led me to the realization that if I want to succeed I must first help others to succeed. What a wonderful concept. I believe that Zig Ziglar sums it up best when he said “you can have anything in life that you want if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want. With this mindset, along with my previous studies and the advances in contemporary business development I discovered a liking of marketing.
When thinking of who to help, small and local businesses came to mind. All that to say, I help small and local businesses market their businesses in four distinct ways. First, I help them develop marketing messaging that is rooted in the psychology of human behavior. Secondly, I take their current situation and optimize it for online marketing. Thirdly, I help them develop a workable plan and teach their employees how to apply the messaging, optimization, and plan. Fourth, I manage the larger campaign projects myself!
As for community advocacy. We all have areas in which we struggle. At first, it seems like it will never get better, it will never go away, and there is nothing we can do. But, then, we begin to ask ourselves questions, questions like “if I cannot make this go away for myself how can I make it better for others?” Upon asking myself this question, I decided to summon up my courage and begin to advocate for sexual education and disease prevention.