5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Jeanine Botwe (Emory University)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: My wildest dreams would have never allowed me to fathom the amount of intellectual, social and developmental growth, I would obtain as a part of my journey at Emory University. I am now a junior at Emory, Pre-Law and hoping to pick up a concentration in Arts Management. This collaboration between Emory’s Music Department and the Goizueta Business School will allow for me to acquire a solid grounding in the basic principles of business practices including management, marketing, finance, fundraising, philanthropy and ethics.
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 a Conduct Board member, where it is my job to educate my peers about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Emory University and Greek communities. Conduct Board members uphold community behavioral standards, implementing the Student Conduct Judicial Code and recommending sanctions to the Director of Student Conduct. I am also a Grammy U member, which provides me with the opportunity to participate in an array of career, networking, educational programs and performance opportunities in the music industry, provided by the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter. In addition, I am in the process of chartering a Sports & Entertainment Law Student Association on campus. The organization will introduce undergraduate students to the various areas of sports and entertainment law through television, music, film, sports, and fashion industry professionals speaking engagements, workshops, and networking events.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: It can be difficult to balance 18 credit hours, a full time job, and still be involved in your field of interest. But with God there’s always a way! My motto is work now sleep later. It’s important to develop effective time management strategies to balance conflicting demands of being a full time student and managing all the other things life simultaneously throws at you.
Q: Have you had any good mentors helping you along the way?
A: I don’t think I could make it without my mentors who consistently push me to be better. Aside from my immediate family and friends, Ms. Crystal Montgomery a member of Johnson Publishing Company’s executive team, is a source of inspiration. From practical guidance to words of wisdom, she has been tremendous in helping me polish myself as an arising professional and pushes me to continuously evolve as an academic scholar. Another two individuals who have been life changing are Dr. Patricia Del Ray and Dr. Patricia Owen-Smith, two of Emory University- Oxford College’s most renowned professors. Not only have they greatly influenced my life and career goals, but also the collaboration of the intersecting knowledge I acquired in their classrooms has shaped me as growing scholar and young woman. I have acquired the necessary analytical skillsets essential to becoming a well versed, free thinking individual in today’s society. It is my new belief that such skillsets are necessary for individuals who desire to positively influence society.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Aside from being a renowned entertainment lawyer helping artists to protect their artistry, maximize their platforms, and connect them with the souls of their fans; I plan to continue building my own brand, launching my own digital editorial which will include the discussion of gender issues, fashion insight for the young, and the politics of emerging young professional women.
About 5 for 5 Student Spotlight: 5 for 5 is a new post on www.TheHipHopProfessional.com to highlight and celebrate college students on various campuses that are making strides in their respective areas. Simple, you get 5 basic questions for 5 detailed answers!