Miya SharpeBack to Excellence
After three and a half years of study and membership in various organizations at North Carolina A&T State University, Miya Sharpe now knows what she wants to do after graduation.
“I want to be a marketing liaison for companies that want to expand internationally and I think I want to work specifically in the tourism industry,” she said.
Sharpe, 21, is a graduating senior majoring in marketing with a certificate in global studies. When she first arrived at N.C. A&T, Sharpe had no idea what she wanted to major in, she only knew it would be something in the School of Business and Economics.
It was Sharpe’s love of travel and study abroad in the Nicosia Cyprus Islands in Greece that sparked her interests in working in the tourism industry.
“Where I was in Greece, their whole economy is primarily from tourism. I was fascinated with the hotels and tourist attractions and how they manage to bring people in,” she said.
She spent five months learning in a way that is different from her norm.
“Traveling internationally enhanced my education because I got to see the ways the same subjects are taught. Most of my professors in the School of Business and Economics teach the same way – mostly lectures,” Sharpe said.
“In Cypress the teaching style was so different. It helped me because I became aware that I had different learning styles that I favored over others.”
That experience, along with her participation in the Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Mu and Alpha Chi honor societies as well as Toastmasters, have positioned Sharpe for her next experience.
“I’ve thought about grad school, but I want to work in a corporate job to gain experience first and possibly work for a company that would pay for school,” she said.
Until then, Sharpe plans to continue her participation in her honor societies and Toastmasters, a group she credits with helping her in her interview skills.
“I never had a fear of speaking in public but it helped me with making my answer specific and maximizing the value of my answers in one minute,” she said. “It is transferrable to any field you’re interested in. If you’re unable to present how great you are no one will ever know it.”
Joining Toastmasters was a requirement for accepting a scholarship from the School of Business and Economics. The organization and the support she’s received have helped the Washington, D.C., native maximize the impact of her undergraduate experience.
“I don’t think my experience would have been the same at any other institution,” she said. “My teachers took the time to mentor me during classes and office. This student body is unlike any other and it really speaks to Aggie Pride.”
“That’s why I chose A&T and that’s why I think other people should chose it.”