February 27, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Mariah Baynes (FAMU)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
I am a Public Relations major, Business Administration minor student attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical 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: I am currently a PR/Marketing Intern for FAMU’s Recreation Center. The FAMU Recreation Center is in the process of re-branding itself, so my job is to work closely with the Communications Director to come up with creative new ways to get the student body involved, as well as promote any events or current programs the Rec has to offer. Specifically, I am currently producing my own show that will be featured all over campus, and in the Recreation Center for student enjoyment and information. I am also a contributing writer for our new website blog and newsletter.
Additionally, I am a member of a community service organization called SISTUHS Inc., a member of the FAMU Scales Promotional Team, and Caribbean Student Association.
Outside of school, I have had the opportunity to intern for both Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Being a full-time student, working a part-time job, having an internship as well as maintaining good grades can definitely be stressful to say the least! However, its imperative to remain ambitious and keep sight of your overall goals. It’s also important to learn to prioritize to maintain balance between all areas. Ultimately, my goals are to obtain my degree, land the career of my dreams.
Q: Have you had any good mentors helping you along the way?
A: I have been blessed and fortunate enough to have such amazing mentors and role models to look up too. They include my Stepmother Michelle, my godmother Venus, my aunt Tashion and recently, my life coach Ms. Denis Manning. Each one of these women inspire me, support and love me unconditionally. They are the epitome of what strong, successful woman are, and for that I look up to them. My stepmom, especially, has literally changed my life since the day I met her. She is my best friend, my number one supporter (besides my father), and my guardian angel. She’s an amazing mother figure and everyday I thank GOD for her!
All of these women have a special place in my heart and I appreciate all they have done and continue to do for me.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years, I hope to be completing Graduate School, earning my Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications, and hopefully working for an entertainment company in PR/Marketing areas.