I’m beginning to think my Doctorate degree was worthless.

by Carjamin Scott on July, 18, 2019 at 9:23 p.m.

There are several reasons why people get advanced degrees. Perhaps their employer encouraged them to continue their education. Maybe it’s because they will earn a pay increase based on the credential they earn. Others might use it for career advancement. Or some might want a degree for all those reasons.

As for myself, I thought that the degree would be life changing. I always admired people with professional degrees. You know, all the people whose name was Dr. so and so. It meant that person is smart. That they went to school for a long time and they learned something. That they are successful and are leaders with money, power, and influence. I figured that their career opportunities were endless and they are at the top of their game.

Well maybe I was wrong. Because everything I thought would happen hasn’t happened. My life didn’t change because of my degree. In fact, I’m still waiting on my pay increase, title promotion, and new job. Also, my influence is about the same. Yes, some people call me doctor but those are the same people who valued me before the degree.

Maybe that’s the lesson in all of this. Did I put too much value in this sheet of paper? But, hey this credential was not free. When am I going to get a return on my investment?

Now, I will admit that I learned a great deal about education, leadership, research, and strategic change. And I’m implementing what I’ve learned in various situations but I’m not getting paid for it.

Or am I? As I’m pondering on all of this, I’m thinking that I should I change the title to, “I’m beginning to think my Doctorate degree is priceless.” I graduated less than a year ago and since graduating I’ve accomplished a ton. It wasn’t necessarily what I thought I was going to accomplish but I feel that I’m on the right track.

I’ve earned several awards and created some strong relationships within my workplace and in the Nashville area. Here are just a few.

Yes, I want to be the person I imagined: Dr. Scott, a wife, and mom, who is well educated, and is success story that is at the top of her career. And it’s going to happen. I just have to realize that my degree was worth something and life after the degree is not the finale. It is the beginning.

Unedited Commentary Added on July 21 11:40a

For everyone who shared, texted, emailed, called, and talked with me about my latest blog post, thank you. I am grateful for my education. I worked really hard for it. I enrolled in school knowing that my ancestors fought to provide me with that opportunity. I also graduated to make my parents proud as they both only got GEDs. I also did it to instill the importance of an education to my children. Btw, my classmates will tell you, I was in school with a baby and while pregnant. Yes two young kids. I even brought my children with me to many study sessions. (I bring my kids everywhere.) I also was working full time. I’m grateful that I had the support of my husband.

But I also did it because I want to get PAID someday. Yes, I know it takes time and it won’t be easy. And yes, I got a great degree from an excellent reputable school. And yes many students, my classmates, who put in the work are getting PAID. Yes, money isn’t everything but I’m not going to turn down more. And yes I’m grateful because I do have a great job now and a great salary now. And yes, if you read the entire post, you’ll notice that I’m blooming where I’m planted. And I love my current employer very very much. You can ask any coworker about that. However, I deserve and will continue to want more for myself, even after earning my degree and work accolades. I refuse to settle for good enough when I can strive for more and better.

Again, that you for your words of encouragement. The post did exactly what I wanted it to do. Get people thinking about life after the degree and what it will take to get the ROI after the investment. It will take patience and continued work. Work that I’m willing to put in, work that I want to put in, and work that I want to use to make my community better. I love us fr, fr, and if you don’t know my true motivation for all that I do by now then I need to work harder at showing you. I hope this doesn’t discourage you from continuing your education, instead it should let you know that you have to keep working even after you get it. One more thing, to the people who are struggling with me: keep your head up. We’ve got this far for a reason and it’s going to pay off soon. You are not alone be encouraged.

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7 Ways to be Mindful and Pursue Gratitude

by Carjamin Scott on July 8, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. CST

A number of years ago, I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and it completely changed my life. I learned that our thoughts attract what happens in our lives, both good and bad. This notion made me become critical about what I spend time reflecting on. Byrne says, “Your life is in your hands. No matter where you are now, no matter what has happened in your life, you can begin to consciously choose your thoughts, and you can change your life. There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change!” Below are seven ways to be mindful and pursue gratitude.

1. Every morning, spend time reflecting on everything you are grateful for.

Instead of unlocking your phone and checking emails, practice mindfulness. The very first thing you think about will shape the rest of your day. Start with thinking of three things you are truly grateful for, like, your health, family, and career. Then, add to the list every morning.

2. Welcome all of life’s challenges and learn from them.

There is very little you can control in life. In fact, the only thing constant is change and challenges. Embrace it all, learn from it, and teach others. Be grateful for setbacks, roadblocks, and detours. These moments are preparing you for something greater.

3. Assume that others are inherently good and do not want to harm you.

Yes, of course there are people who do not have your best interests at heart. Yes, there are those who want to see you fail. So what! Live your life with courage and never compromise. Treat everyone well even when they don’t deserve it. Life is just so much easier that way.

4. Appreciate the differences in people and find ways to complement those traits.

It’s very easy to be a member of a group where everyone thinks and looks alike. However, it is more fun to take the time to get to know people who are not like you. Discover the strengths of other people, we all have them, then work to highlight those strengths. Be grateful for what others have to offer.

5. Look forward to routine tasks in life by finding ways to make them fun.

Sometimes life can become routine and mundane. Spontaneity makes life more fun. A friend told me about the Waze app. It’s a driving app that alerts you about traffic delays, route shortcuts, and more. You can also text other people using the app on the road with you. On your next road trip, let your passenger use the app on the trip and test all of its functions. It’ll make a routine ride more fun.

6. Create opportunities to give more than you take.

It just feels good to give. Is your co-worker having a baby? Host a diaper shower. Did your friend graduate college? Send a celebratory card. Is someone having a bad day? Give them a hand. Never underestimate the importance of a good deed.

7. Show your appreciation when accepting compliments and credit.

If you are someone who has a hard time receiving compliments, now is the time to begin to change that behavior. Accept the “thank you’s”. When earned, take the credit. Gratefulness includes being grateful for what you do for yourself and for others.

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This is why I volunteer with The Equity Alliance

by Carjamin Scott on June 25, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. CST

My Equity Alliance story is simple. It’s my responsibility to give back to the community I came from. I was looking to make an impact with an organization that valued my talents, allowed me to bring my whole self, and was led by Black women. I wanted to feel valued and appreciated in my own skin. I was looking to serve alongside people who truly care about the poor and the marginalized and are doing great things for them. I’m grateful to be with people who build me up, hold me accountable lovingly, and expect excellence from me at all times. And I got tired of the critics saying that Black women can’t lead, Black women don’t get along, Black women aren’t good enough, and the like. So I had to support this organization. I’m here, we’re here, to prove all the haters wrong, serve our community, and build a coalition, all while wearing a dress, heels, and a smile.

Join us at the Black Women’s Empowerment Brunch Saturday July 20 from 11a – 1p at Rocketown in Nashville, TN.

Honorees:

Pioneer in Politics: Johnnie Turner – Retired TN State Representative and Civil Rights Leader

Unsung She-ro: Freda Player – Senior Legislative Advisor, Office of the Mayor of Nashville

Live Music by: Jason Eskridge and Band

Spoken Word Performance by: Tia Smedley

Live Performance by: Sankofa African Dance and Drumming Co.

Hosted by: Sissy Brown, 92Q Radio DJ

Event Production by: Phoenix Forrester Events

Keynote Speaker: Kristen Clarke, JD, President and Executive Director of the Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

from the bottom of my heart thank you Charlane Oliver and Tequila Johnson

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Six Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth

by Carjamin Scott on June 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CST

Today is Juneteenth, African American Independence Day.  On this day, we celebrate one of the most revolutionary events in our history designed to dismantle the enslavement of Blacks.  In 1865, General Order No. 3 was issued by Unionist Major General Gordon Granger to inform Texans that slaves are no longer the property of their masters. 

Although, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1893, Texas was exempt from the rule which made June 19, 1865 the official African American Independence Day.  As we celebrate this day, let us recognize where we, as Americans, have come from, how we can keep our history alive, and what we should do moving forward.  Here are six ways to celebrate Juneteenth.

1.Document Juneteenth with an elder or child.

Consider this perspective, Juneteenth happened 156 years ago.  According to the United Nations, our lifespan is 72 years.  This means, that we are only about 3 generations removed from the establishment of Black slavery.  Find a great grandmother or grandfather and ask them what they know about Juneteenth. Talk with your children about the history of Juneteenth.  Document these stories to keep the memories alive.

2.Host a party and register your friends to vote.

Our vote is our voice.  If we want to continue progressing towards freedom for all in America, we will need to be sure our voices are heard.  Host a house or block party, invite your local elected officials, and register your friends to vote. 

3.Attend Juneteenth celebration events.

Here in Nashville, there are many organizations hosting Juneteenth celebration events.  At Fort Negley Park, Mayor David Briley, The Equity Alliance, Kwame Lillard, Gideons Army and others are gathering tonight from 5-8 pm for a Juneteenth celebration hosted by Juneteenth615 and the African American Cultural Alliance.

4.Go to a local school and complete a Juneteenth lesson.

I remember the Emancipation Proclamation history lesson; however, I did not learn about Juneteenth in school. Did you? Contact a principal at your neighborhood school and ask if you can deliver a Juneteenth history lesson. 

5.Volunteer and give money to Black led non-profits.

Nashville has over 100 non-profit organizations working to create opportunities and restore hope for marginalized communities. Which causes are important to you: healthcare, education, fair wages?  Non-profit organizations need money and volunteers like you to further their vision and help to create freedom and equality for all.

6.Patronize Black owned businesses.

Replace your everyday items with Black owned goods. Try and buy new products. Shop at Black owned restaurants and bookstores. If you do not have any businesses in mind, it’ll only take a quick google search to find Black owned businesses in your area.

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UT Promise students to attend the University of Tennessee for Free in 2020

by Carjamin Scott on June 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. CST

As reported by Nashville Public Radio, University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd, has announced, “Students who qualify for the HOPE scholarship, coming from families that make $50,000 or less will be able to attend the University of Tennessee for free in 2020.” 

Although TN Promise has benefited students across the state with access to tuition-free college, other costs are still a deterrent. Room and board alone at UT Knoxville is estimated at more than $11,000.  UT Promise is a step in the right direction to help families with affording college and all of the costs associated with it.

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Finding Your Blogging Voice

by Carjamin Scott on June 15, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. CST

Join me for the 2nd Annual Nashville Blogger Bash at the Nossi College of Art on Saturday, July 27 hosted by the Nashville Bloggers Collective. The collective was “created on a foundation of collaboration, education, and community, [and] is a go-to resource for bloggers looking to connect with local content creators while learning how to grow their audience and build their platform.”

During my session, “Finding Your Blogging Voice.” I will help you find your blogging voice and determine how to effectively communicate your brand using blogging. We will discuss how blogging helps to create networks of influence and opportunities to collaborate with others. This class is for new bloggers interested in figuring out what they want their blog to be about.

Below is a worksheet to help enhance the session. Please complete if you plan to attend and be entered into a raffle to win a prize.

For tickets and information on the other speakers click here.