5 for 5 Student Spotlight: Casidy Campbell

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April 22, 2014

 

5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Casidy Campbell:

Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend? 

A: I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University. As of right now, I am a sociology major. I am mostly likely going to declare a minor in African American studies as well. I want to pick up another major, but I’m not sure which one yet.

 

Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs? 

A: My main focus right now is #BEU, Black at Emory University, a movement that I started up with a few other friends. Other colleges such as Georgetown and Harvard started a few social media campaigns to highlight the voices of the black students on campus. I wanted to do that here at Emory. I immediately reached out to my friend Sammie who was instrumental in the 50 Shades of Black initiative here at Emory. Over spring break, with two other friends, we discussed what we wanted this movement to be and how we were going to take what the other schools did to the next level. We wanted the minority students at Emory to talk about their racialized experiences at the university without reaffirming stereotypes. We wanted to create a platform for the students to voice their frustrations or how their experiences have been affected by microaggressions and what Emory can do to address that. Last summer, I was a Teacher’s Assistant at the GO Project. It was definitely a rewarding experience because it taught me how important it was to take action. The program is focused on helping students of low-income NYC public school children who perform below grade level to succeed in school. I was with my class of 16 kids from 9-5 everyday, and I was the key person who helped them succeed emotionally, socially, and most importantly academically. It really solidified my opinions and exposed me to the intricacies of the public school system. I’ve always been interested in education, and although it was a small class, GO Project allowed me to be a positive factor and influence in the lives of those students. I was given the opportunity to make a difference, and that experience was extremely valuable to me.  
I was also recently accepted into the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which is a prestigious national program primarily focused on supporting students in pursuing scholarship and teaching, primarily as professors. We also take on research projects in our fields. So, I am also excited for that as well because my research is exploring independent schools and education.

 

Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal? 

 A: Right now, my two jobs, activities and homework are not too difficult to balance. I complete homework at one job and answer emails in another. Sometimes it does get overwhelming, and I’m pretty much exhausted by the end of the day. I don’t have a planner so sometimes I get frazzled keeping track of everything in my head or on my electronic post-it notes. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to remain organized! Next year is definitely going to be a lot more hectic with all that I’m going to be doing. However, I’m still excited because they’re all things that I love.

 

Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?

A: My top social media platforms are Facebook and Twitter. I love that Facebook allows me to post articles and generate conversation in the comments section. Twitter just allows me to speak my mind or just be goofy. I post random thoughts and commentary on there all the time. Sometimes it’s not all constructive, so I should probably separate the personal from the business side at some point.

 

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

 A: In five years, I should be working on towards my PhD, hopefully. I also hope to be on television, maybe CNN or any important news channel, being interviewed about race in independent schools or the education system. I definitely want to be respected as a scholar and known nationwide.

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