Monica BrittonEdupreneur & Conversation Architect
Helping African-American girls go from being confused & unsure to confident, empowered & clear on your first-gen college student journey
When I was in high school, I had no idea who I was. My dreams of wanting to become a physician as a child were dashed as soon as I started taking “serious” math & science classes and was no longer just doing long division or making slime. Although I seemed like I had it all together, I struggled. High school wasn’t necessarily a bad experience for me, in fact it was pretty decent, but hindsight is 20/20 and I’m grateful I can now see the choices I made had a great hand in preparing me for life’s next chapter.
In college, I learned many things, but one of the most important things was learning how to advocate for myself. To use my voice and make things happen for myself. To listen to my gut and embrace who I was and what I hoped to accomplish in my life.
My Values & Beliefs
Do The Work!
As an only child with parents who migrated from the South, there was a lot I had to navigate on my own. Don’t get me wrong, my parents provided me with an awesome upbringing but there was just some stuff they did not know how to help me with. Choosing and applying to college, securing internships, ensuring I made the right decisions for my desired career path and ultimately how to break into the industry I wanted to be in.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve be amazed the many youth and young adults who are in a very similar position as I was at their age. The core reason may be different – the Great Migration vs. the tech age – but the outcome remains the same, that uneasy feeling of not quite being sure how to go about things in order to make dreams a reality. A dream without a plan is a wish, and my why is to ensure our younger generation don’t stumble over unnecessary obstacles.
I’m obliterating the hamster wheel.
“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us”
Angela Bassett, Actress
“Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”
Janelle Monae, Musician/Actress
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Wilma Rudolph, Olympian
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, actress, television producer, media executive, and philanthropist