Redirection is Real.

If you're applying for post-grad employment, nine times out of ten you've got an idea of your "dream" job and the "perfect" post-grad life in your head. Even if you don't exactly know what you want to do after graduation, I'm sure you have some vision of a "best case scenario" that you think about often.

This time last year, if you would've asked me where I'd be today I would've confidently rattled off my "plan." The one where I lived in Chicago or New York, worked at an advertising agency, and was in a serious relationship. How is it that none of the things I wanted (or thought I wanted) so badly came to fruition? And an even better question, why am I actually happy that they didn't?

I'm glad you asked. Oftentimes we get so laser focused on the execution of our plan, that we forget God's plan for us is bigger, better, and ultimately, trumps our own. Our plans can be so narrow that we don't take into account bigger things that could be better opportunities and make us even happier than we originally imagined.

I'm not saying your plan won't work, because there are times when our plan aligns seamlessly with God's. But I am challenging you to not view denials, rejections, or derailments of your plan as failures. Instead, view them as redirection and thank God (or whoever you believe in) for them because something bigger is brewing. I promise.

Shatter Your Ceilings: The STC Story

"When you've worked hard and done well, and walked through that door of opportunity...you don't slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."
- Michelle Obama

Last summer I interned at one of the top advertising agencies in NYC and my experience was game changing, both personally and professionally. As great as the experience was, I made next-to-nothing that summer and if you know anything about the cost of living in New York, you know it's astronomically high. There's no way I could've survived if my internship program hadn't provided extremely discounted housing for the summer.

And honestly, without the discounted housing option, I would've never applied for an internship in New York, or anywhere outside of my home state, for that matter. I would've seen the cost as a barrier and consequently missed out on a life changing opportunity. I noticed other young, multicultural women around me were at a similar crossroads. They were highly ambitious and dreamed of spending their summer interning outside of South Carolina, but they didn't have the financial resources to make it happen. It upset me because I understood their struggle, but what could I do?

When I heard the Michelle Obama quote above, I felt challenged to take action.  I wrestled with the idea of starting something, but it seemed too big, too hard and too much. I ran from the idea and convinced myself of all the reasons it wouldn't work (there we go with the self-inflicted ceilings again) until finally I decided that something had to be done. And here we are.

There are enough ceilings placed on young women of color, so please don't place them on yourself.  Let's shatter them, together.