March 10, 2014 8:14:16 PM
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Malaika Nicholas (Emory University)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A:I’m an English major with a concentration in African American Literature at Emory University.
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:Currently, I’m a co-managing editor for Black Star Magazine, Emory’s only minority publication on campus. As the managing editor for our digital platforms, I oversee our social media managers, I edit content for publication on our website, and I promote events sponsored by Black Star. I’m also the creator of The E.P, a subdivision of Black Star that aims to provide Emory students with a reliable source for urban arts and entertainment news. My work is also published in The Emory Wheel, Charge Magazine, and Sister 2 Sister Magazine. I’m also an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a student caller at the Emory Telefund, and a member of the Black Student Alliance.
Additionally, I’ve had the opportunity to intern for Sister 2 Sister Magazine, EricaVain.com, and the Fraternity Communications Association.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities can be difficult, but as a senior, a lot of the classes I’m currently taking are helping develop skills I can use to help me reach my career goals. For example, doing a Photoshop project for my Digital Media class not only helps my grade, but it’s a skill I can use and continue to develop as my career advances. Plus, I love challenges and sometimes an assignment turns out to be a lot of fun!
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: I mostly use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, to organize or promote events, and to share articles I find around the Web or my own blog posts. I mostly use Twitter to share events I’m promoting on and off campus, as well as to share little tidbits of my thoughts, to keep up with what’s going on, and what topics people are talking about. I also love Tumblr to procrastinate and to check out other blogs.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years, I see myself waking up in the morning excited to go to work. My dream job would be doing marketing and/or PR work for R&B artists, but I could also see myself working for Essence Magazine, Vibe Magazine, or Buzzfeed!