No One Can Take My Education From Me: An Aspiring African-American Female Entrepreneur Forges Her Path to Success

Domonique Tucker is a graduate student at the University of Denver. Her journey has inspired her to dedicate her life to activism and helping disenfranchised groups. Because of this, Domonique has taken an interest in the work we do here at GlobalMindED and has become our newest intern. In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I sat down with Domonique to learn about her experience: How was your experience getting your undergrad? What did you study? What unique challenges did you face? I received my B.S. in Communication from Arizona State University. I focused on interpersonal relationship maintenance, conflict, and negotiation. Besides going to every football game in support of my brother who played on the team, I didn’t participate in any on campus activities. With over 75,000 students, I was overwhelmed and became very introverted. There was a very large disparity in the representation of black minorities. At the time, diversity and inclusivity were not part of the conversation that colleges were having. It was hard for me to find and connect with students I could relate to. You are currently pursuing your Master’s Degree at the University of Denver. What are you studying, and what inspired you to get a Master’s? I am currently pursuing my Master of Science in Management at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. What inspired me to get my master’s degree was knowing that I wanted more. I have always felt like I am destined to do something bigger than myself. I would get anxious sitting behind my desk working for other people’s dreams and not out there pursuing my own. I don’t have the privilege of being white or a male, so I knew that a master’s degree would give me credibility, and, more importantly, confidence. What are your goals and what do you hope to achieve after graduation? That is something that I am currently working on. I have so many dreams and goals that I want to achieve. I want to travel the world, write books, blog, speak at conferences, get my PHD and so much more. My weakness is that I want to do everything at once, and I often feel like I am not doing enough. I am currently working with a mentor to map out my own desires, as well as my personal, professional, and economic needs. My mentor told me that I need to stop rushing towards a specific end goal for my life and, to instead, let it naturally take it’s course. In this last semester, I am focusing on self-reflection. My goal at this point in my life is to get a better understanding of myself, and everything else will begin to fall into place. What peaked your interest in GlobalMindED? After we met at the Social Entrepreneurship Summit at DU, and I learned more about the GlobalMindED conference, I found that a lot of my passions aligned with the passions of your organization. Meeting with you and the staff is what really peaked my interest. I love your enthusiasm and energy. Your passion inspires me, and I appreciate you for opening up opportunities for me and...

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