March Doll of the Month: Micca

Published on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in , , ,

Getting Personal with our Doll...

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Maybe Gabrielle Union, for the simple fact that I think she would be able to capture the “attitude” of my personality. J

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
 I would either want to be able to be in multiple places at once or the ability to fly. I think this would help remedy my problem of there not being enough hours in the day.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
The Accidental Over-Achiever. The title is pretty self-explanatory.

If you are given a chance to travel past where would you go and specifically why?
 If I could travel back in time, I would visit the 60s maybe. I think I’d like to be a part of a time when African Americans were pulling together to reach a common goal-- equality.  It seems like that was a time of true brotherhood/sisterhood and comradeship that I feel our people are missing today.

Dream on with our Doll

What dream are you currently pursuing?
Right now, my short-term goal is to become decent at my new job. Ha ha! I just graduated with my masters in speech-language pathology and I’m still bogged down in getting accustomed to my job in a school.  Eventually, I would like to help train and educate students pursuing degrees in speech pathology.  I would like to work at university clinical setting.

What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?
Honestly I did not realize this dream until recently.  I first became interested in speech pathology when I chose this career to research in University 101 my freshman year at USC.  I knew I wanted to work with children in one-on-one or small group settings.  I declared my major in elementary education with no intentions on teaching, went on to earn my masters in speech pathology immediately after.  It was near the end of my masters program when I began to become interested in educating at the college level. I’m a newbie now.  I need years of experience to get me closer to reaching this goal.

What are some road blocks that you have come across?
Road blocks! Graduate school itself was one of the hardest experiences I’ve gone through thus far in my life. Many times I wanted to quit.  I prayed about it and refused to think God brought me this far for naught, so I pressed on.  Another road block that is self-inflicted is my trepidation of my abilities.  I tend to initially doubt myself when going through new experiences.

Fortunately, I believe in the power of prayer and have wonderful friends and family who believe in me. They keep me motivated as I can be super hard on myself at times.

Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?
Fortunately, I graduated from a strong graduate program in my field.  I have already had opportunities to work with some very important professionals in different aspects of speech pathology. Of course I was a “lowly” student at that time, so I would love to work with them again as a professional.  I admire all SLPs who have already discovered their niches in our field.  Everyone has an area in which they excel and become experts in. I can’t wait to see what mine will be.

Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?
I would like your readers to realize the importance of well-thought out plans.  I had several ways to get to where I am right now.  I am a firm believer in having a plan A, B, and C…. AND plan D if you’re super cautious.

I would like to share the importance of letting God take lead in your life.  Stepping out on faith is hard but He hasn’t let me down yet.  I find I go through the toughest times when I try to take things into my own hands. God is better qualified than we; let Him drive.

I would also like to take this opportunity to educate people on the many scopes of practice of speech pathologists.  I chose to work in the school. Most people have heard of “speech teachers,” but we can do so much more than that. SLPs can be found in nursing homes, rehab facilities, hospitals, clinics, schools, and even businesses.  We can help with speech sound errors, swallowing issues post brain trauma (head injury, stroke, etc), and accent modification… the list goes on.

What motto do you live by?
I live by several mottos, some my own and some famous.  “Be a life-long learner.”  “Don’t worry about the things you cannot change and change the things you can.”  “There is always room for improvement.”  “Be proactive.” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  “If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.” And “Don’t take things too personally; you never know what people have gone through to get to today.”

How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?
Because I’m a believer in constant assessment and room for improvement, it is almost as if I challenge myself to do better.  I am my own opponent, my own competition.  This attitude plus my supportive family and friends, I keep moving forward.  For these I am thankful too.

What can we look forward to from you in the future?
For now I’m working on gaining that experience so that I will be able to share my acquired knowledge with students at the college level.  I working hard to become the “super speechie” that I aspire to be. J

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