Women Shaping History 2011
Future Leader: Dominique Carson
If you are a student, what college do you attend, and what is your major? If you work, what kind of work do you do?
I am a junior at Brooklyn College. I am a journalism and Italian Teacher. I just started working for a retail store, Dress Barn in the beginning of February.
What are some of the challenges you have faced and how did you resolve them?
Some of the challenges I have faced as a college student is adjusting my time because I participate in a lot of activities in school. But, I make sure my schoolwork comes first because I have to maintain a decent average to remain in the PhD program, Mellon Mays at Brooklyn College. I realized I can’t burn myself out so I just say no to certain assignments that conflict with my schedule.
What are some of the accomplishments you’re proudest of?
I was amazed when I went to Italy during the winter intercession and I was able to take a culinary arts course, Food, Culture, and Society. My article appeared in the Amsterdam Newspaper, accepted to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, proud of myself, receiving love and support from family and friends and thankful that I am a diligent college student.
Who have been the most influential mentors in your life?
My influential mentors in my life are my mother, Monique Kelly, journalists, Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, and my former high school Italian teacher, Mr. Scattoni.
What would you describe as a turning point in your life?
A turning point was when I graduated from high school in 2008 because I knew when I left Murrow Halls, I was starting my life as a young adult. I knew I had to be more accountable, remain studious in school, and deal with growing pains that may come my way.
What are your future goals?
After I graduate from Brooklyn College, I plan to attend Columbia University to receive my EDD degree after six years because I want to be a school administrator or university dean. But, I want to teach Italian to high school students in the meantime and freelance for other publications. Then, I will open up a massage parlor with my mother and sister in Brooklyn. The name of my spa will be, “La Donna Bella.”