I am a senior studying accounting at Texas Southern University. I am forever thankful for the numerous opportunities that have been [afforded] me through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. By attending the OFC initiative, I was able to interact with both peers and professionals to strengthen my entrepreneurial mindset. I was fortunate to participate in the track for future entrepreneurs, where fellow teammates and I developed a product that will one day benefit and saves the lives of many. Thank you TMCF for this incredible opportunity. Through this experience, I have made both everlasting friendships and great professional relationships.
I participated in the Hackathon track at the OFC I&E program in May of 2016. This program truly opened my eyes to the tech world and the vast career opportunities within the tech industry. The program allowed me to build on my curiosity and even provided me with the opportunity to attend the WWDC 2016 Conference. I also applied and was accepted to Make School, where I was able to further my app development skills. I am thankful for TMCF.
As a sophomore Public Relations student at Florida A&M University, I had the opportunity to attend OFC I&E Program in May of 2016. I participated in the Hackathon track and had a blast! While I did not have much coding experience or experience developing an app, I left with the confidence and knowledge to code and design. I was nervous at first; my contemporaries seemed to be advanced app designers. However, I did not allow that to be a distraction. I believe this is just the beginning of my app development. I plan on developing an app for my website and my family and friends’ businesses.
Being a part of the OFC Innovation & Hackathon, I was able to realize my true potential. I was a participant in the Innovation Track, which focused on creating possible business ideas and essentially making them a reality. The highlight of my experience was staying up until 4 a.m. with my team and mentors, working to create a social entrepreneurship concept. The mentors made the program worthwhile. Knowing that someone is willing to spend time as well as their resources to shape your ideas made this experience one-of-a-kind. Today, I better understand what it takes to pitch your ideas clearly. My participation was the fuel that I needed to take on my new role as a business analyst for an IT company during the summer. The time at OFC led to my opportunity to speak at the TMCF Awards Gala and receiving five potential internship offers for the summer.