Motivation Monday: Felicia

Eastern Michigan University | 2012
Business Administration: Management & Human Resources

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan
Currently: Senior Financial Aid Administrator at the University of Michigan and health coach
Self-described: Health-conscious, thrifty, resourceful
Enjoys: Reading a good book, journaling, or meditating
Emulate people who you want to be like.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m a first-generation college student. I came from a low-SES (socioeconomic status) background and I’m an African American female, so the odds felt stacked against me. I didn’t know anything about what I could do, let alone what I “should” do to go to college and get things paid for other than government assistance like pell grants and student loans. Neither of my parents went to college so they didn’t come to anything like a financial aid night or orientation.

Funny thing - my older sister finished college because “she couldn’t let her little sister get her degree before her,” which is great! I’m glad I’m not totally alone!

My favorite TV show to binge watch would be Gotham or Jane: The Virgin.

I cannot live without my laptop, I love making spreadsheets and budgeting.


Greatest source of inspiration in college

Having a secure job with an affordable income and benefits, with no financial insecurity.


How did other people help you get to where you are today?

Honestly, friends I met through college were my biggest support. I connected with others who were just as motivated as I was because they also didn’t have support anywhere else.

Coffee or tea?

Dog or cat?

PC or Mac?

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl, but turning into an early bird

Cake or pie?

Major / Minor
Business Admin. AAS / General Studies AAS
Business Admin. | Management & HR

Years Attended

Grad Year


Favorite thing

The people I met.


Least favorite thing

Figuring out what to do next because I had NO IDEA.


Tell us about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?

Gosh, there were many... relationships, weight gain, transfer credits, working full-time and going to school full-time. I just knew at the end everything would be better, and I would be exactly who I wanted to be because I was doing what I needed to do to get there. I was the guarantee.

I knew I would live with my decisions, regret, lost years and/or should-haves.

I heard so much of that from others in my family or people I’d met throughout my life that I decided I did not want to be like them.

Instead, I emulated those people who I wanted to be like.

Successful people do what they need to, whether they like it or not, to get where they want to go. Not everyone does it. If college were easy, everyone would do it, right?


How did you decide what to major in?

I knew that no matter what, business is everywhere. It was also a knowledge thing. I’d known and seen people get taken advantage of as an employee because of their lack knowledge about employment law. I decided to concentrate in HR so I always knew what was and wasn’t allowed. It really served me well throughout my life so far. Also, I knew I always wanted to create a business such as a wellness center. Currently I do health coaching to work towards that goal.


What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?

To be successful, you have to get into what interests you. Business, human resources, management and coaching were all things I already loved, so it just made sense. Do what makes you feel good and the opportunities that come up will flow toward your toward your true nature.


Best advice you received?

"Never get or study for a degree for a job you already have, think ahead."

Think to the destination and study for that. You’ve already got the job, why get a degree for something you already know?


What's your secret for time management and productivity?

Spreadsheets (for meal planning and budgeting, and looking at my week in a glance) and calendars synced to my phone with all activities and events. I even set up my phone to remind me in advance when I need to start heading to a meeting.


How do you de-stress?

Yoga, a drive, meditation, deep-breathing, journaling, aromatherapy, reiki, or planning.


Book recommendation

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

The information is timelessly relevant and can help someone no matter what their goals are.


Final thoughts?

Be mindful about your health while you’re in school. I gained so much weight from burning the wick at both ends and eating poorly. Eating healthy makes weight management, emotions and life easier.


Can students contact you directly? If so, about what?

Yes –
Financial aid or health coaching

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