Meet Tia

I’ve been an official blogger since the Spring of 2007 on various sites but I have written for nearly 15 years.

My earliest works include short stories and poetry mostly. My later work includes press kits, print articles, and a highly anticipated manuscript I have yet to publish.

Tia at the Park

Before I continue blogging about the neat internships I have acquired this past year. Let me tell you a little more about me.

I am an Indiana native living on Indy’s northeast side.

Growing up I participated in many activities including cheerleading, theatre, acting, bowling, and telecommunications.

I graduated from Broad Ripple High School with Honors in the Spring of 2006.

In high school I was very active being elected my Sophomore class President and selected as Homecoming Queen my Senior year. I was a well-rounded student that got mostly A’s & B’s.

Your typical all American girl.

I knew my journey forward would not be easy but I was determined to make the doubters believe.

I am a leader in all respects.

I accept responsibility and take action against obstacles and barriers.

I am a leader.

A woman set out to carry out her goals in many ways than one.

I have been the exception to many rules, now in my last year of college at Indiana University.

I graduated high school in the top 3% of my class and more importantly received a scholarship from Eli Lilly.

One of the nations largest pharmaceutical giants on the planet.

I received a full four-year tuition scholarship that has tremendously changed my life and the life of my daughter.

Along with graduating from IU I have traveled from to many distant lands studying abroad twice.

In 2007 I went to Ghana which is located in west Africa.

Alligator Pond in Ghana

I stayed for nearly a month traveling through the entire country from Cape Coast to the borders of Bolgatanga. I studied the African slave trade and visited many slave castles, camps, & graves.

We met Chiefs and got a closer look into the Ashanti Kingdom.

We sat in school lectures and visited with both primary & secondary aged children. To be engulfed in a complete opposite reality for nearly a month helped shape my future outlook.

Meeting families that lived in one room shakes made me value the space in my home.

Not being able to use water consumption at my discretion made me value taking shorter showers. Using less water to help the planet we all live on. Running water and electricity were not commodity goods.

Matter of fact all if not most shacks were built with clay & mud.

American unemployment seems close to nothing when you see women & children selling bananas & fruit to support a family of eight.

Primary School

Africans I discovered possessed so little American amenities and luxuries however possessed a spirit no American could meet.

They embodied love, hope and imagination.

I met a young boy whose desire to work spurned only to help his sick Mother. At the young age of nine he desperately wanted a job to give food and shelter for his family.

Similarly I traveled to Jamaica. Specifically the Blue and John Crowe Mountains. We met societies that occupied the mountain side and possibly threaten the natural reserves of the land.

We visited a Maroon village which in history can be associated with the great mountain warriors who fought the Europeans colonization and participation in slavery.

While in Jamaica we visited farms, a small museum of art, and hospice housing.

Blue & John Crowe Mountain hike

We elected to advance some of their sustainability techniques on the mountain and helped dig large disposal bins for natural excrements that could replenish the earth that bin toiled.

I planted pineapples for the very first time and helped harvest bananas. The best part was ascending down the huge mountain in a tiny van with our luggage fascines atop.

This trip helped me discover why I value my time aboard because you are able to forget about the materialist luxuries and enjoy life and people. Meeting Jamaican’s at the Lux Night Club and Bar was uniquely a fun experience.

We were taught Jamaican dance and mingled with the people in the community. It felt as though I were home. Not distant but a returning.

The Blue and John Crowe mountains taught me it’s not the environment which you live but how you ultimately live with the environment.

My trip to Africa possesses strong spiritual elements and helped shape a better vision of my life and the life I want my daughter to value.

Traveling the world gives you a better contextual experience of life beyond the United States of America. It teaches you survival skills that can not be learned in a class room but through lived experiences.

I was extremely fortunate to participate in those activities while a student at Indiana University.

With the goal for future employers to allow flexibility and paid travel.

You can learn invaluable knowledge through the hands on experience of different cultures.

My life as I know it has changed. Forever by my life experiences and my past.

One Comment

  1. Tenia S.

    Great job Tia! This was very well written. Most people judge others and not know their story. Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly a strong black woman and should be VERY proud of yourself. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and I know that every bit of work that you have put in, in the last 6 yrs will definitely pay off! Keep up the good work chica 🙂

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