Name: Trenten Swinton
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Alma Mater(s):Lamar University
Major/ Field of Study: Marketing
Jen: Tell us a little about yourself?
Graduate: I am 23 year old who is getting ready to graduate from Lamar University. Throughout my time at Lamar, I have been a student-athlete, a mentor, a honors student, a friend, and a brother amongst other roles I have played. I am a proud member of the BEST fraternity known to man: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Yo Nupe
Jen: What degree did you obtain?
Graduate: On May 18th, 2019, I will be receiving my BBA in Marketing.
Jen: What inspired you to get this degree?
Graduate: Originally, I wanted to major in Sports Management, but that degree was not available at my university. I gravitated towards business more than any other discipline. I started off in General Business and eventually chose marketing as it is an integral part of any business model. It is important for businesses to be able to identify and penetrate a specific target market by forming a proper segmentation and positioning strategy to generate sales. Also, marketing is a tool that we as individuals use every day. Whether it be in an interview, a presentation, or a networking opportunity, we must be able to sell ourselves and our vision to others.
Jen: What do you plan to do with your degree? What are your next steps?
Graduate: After undergrad, I plan to attend law school in the fall. After obtaining my JD, I would like to pursue a career as a sports agent. I have always been an athlete and was blessed to compete on the collegiate level. However, I was able to balance being a student-athlete, in that order. Professional sports are dominated by talented athletes who look like me, but we cannot say the same for the front offices of these franchises or agencies. I want to change the culture and be an example to young black men that playing professional sports is not the only way to make it out.
Jen: What was the most challenging aspect of obtaining your degree?
Graduate: I would say the most challenging part for me was just time management. I’ve always had the ability to excel in the classroom, but I love to procrastinate and put things off instead of being proactive.
Jen: What does this degree mean for you?
Graduate: While obtaining my degree is a big accomplishment, I want to use it as a stepping stone that propels me further along. I am claiming this degree as just one of the many accomplishments that I will achieve.
Jen: What advice can you give others who wish to pursue this degree?
Graduate: I would tell them to be confident in themselves and their abilities. If you are not confident in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you? @ Timothy 1:7 says that “For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” You are not in competition with others, but rather yourself. Be the best you that you can be. Also, networking is important. Get outside of your comfort zone and meet people Sometimes it’s not always about what you know, but who you know.
Jen: What advice can you give to the family and friends of those who wish to take this path?
Graduate: Just to be supportive despite the situation. You may not hear from them as much as you would like, but there will come a time when they need you to be there whether is physically, emotionally, financially, etc.
Jen: We all know we don’t do it by ourselves. Who was instrumental in helping you achieve your goals and dream?
Graduate: Without God, none of this would be possible. I have been blessed beyond measure and I am thankful. My family and friends have played a large part as well. Everyone has always encouraged me and had so much faith in me.
Jen: Any last remarks?
Graduate: Thank you Jen for allowing me to a part of this series. You have also played a part in helping me take a step forward toward my next achievement. This site is an excellent way to give back and to inspire the next generation of lawyers an attorneys.
Jen: Thank you!