Name: Ajia Richardson
Hometown: Pine Bluff
Alma Mater(s): University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (“UAPB”)
Major/ Field of Study: Political Science
Jen: Tell us a little about yourself?
Graduate: I am Ajia Richardson, a Pine Bluff native and former student athlete at UAPB. I enjoy a variety of music, sports, reading, and traveling, I obtained my Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Political Science. Initially, I thought this major would be best in preparing me for law school.
Jen: What do you plan to do with your degree? What are your next steps?
Graduate: I will be a program assistant at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in DC, and continue working on LSAT prep and law school admissions.
Jen: What was the most challenging aspect of obtaining your degree?
Graduate: The most challenging aspect throughout obtaining my degree was finding out what worked for me. College is a different playing field. So much responsibility is thrown on you all at once so I had to figure out what modes of organization, communication, and study habits suited me best.
Jen: What does this degree mean for you?
Graduate: Obtaining my degree from UAPB proves the relevancy of HBCU’s. Because I attended my alma mater so many more opportunities were available to me. I am well equipped for the future because so many people invested their time and resources into me.
Jen: What advice can you give others who wish to pursue this degree?
Graduate: My biggest piece of advice to those who wish to take this path would be to find a mentor. Whether it be a colleague, teacher, or parent. Find someone that has blazed the trail before you to help you navigate. No your paths will not be the same, but it helps to have someone experienced and knowledgeable to offer sound advice and constructive criticism.
Jen: What advice can you give to the family and friends of those who wish to take this path?
Graduate: I guess this would be expanding upon my last answer, but my parents, family, mentors and friends have been my greatest support system. My parents and grandparents went to UAPB, and my mom is a current instructor, so having people who value education and the university was great. I also built relationships with my instructors which lead into them becoming more so mentors who genuinely cared about what my next steps in life would be. Lastly were the friendships I made. It was always good to be able to debrief and receive encouragement from people who understood your current situation.