By Jalisa Pullins
Special to howard-bison.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a Howard University women's basketball upperclassman, I am excited to enter my junior year with a new team, new attitude and new focus. In making my new mindset reality, the team is taking on new endeavors and community service. In the past couple of weeks, the Howard University women's basketball team has been involved in positive activities and events which have been helping to promote positivism for our team, Howard athletics and our school.
With activities such as S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat), a program which provides breakfast to the homeless, a meet and greet with our sponsor McDonald's and a career workshop hosted by the Deloitte Black Employee Network, it seems as if Lady Bison basketball is reaching a new plateau of change and community success. Personally, it is refreshing and renewing to be involved in the events that are taking place and leading the team up the ladder to greatness.
My favorite event that the team is involved in is the Deloitte Career Workshop Series. The workshops grant the team with a plethora of knowledge with resumes, interviews and the proper dress for career success. Although there are several workshops and fairs held on campus yearly, sometimes as athletes we are overlooked due to lack of time or the many other challenges that come with being a collegiate athlete. The workshop is extremely vital for the five upperclassmen (Charae Baulkman, Amanda Edwards, Zykia Brown, Donnalee Schardschmidt and I) as we will enter the real world soon. This workshop has had a huge impact on me and has relieved built up anxiety that was being caused by the uncertainty of finding a job upon graduating from college.
Special thanks to Mr. Brian Williams (my new corporate mentor) and the Deloitte staff for taking the time out to give back to the community. Many thanks also go out to McDonald's, the coordinators of S.O.M.E. and our wonderful coaching staff for making these events happen. Positive programs and events like these help us win on and off the court.
Jalisa is a junior Television/Film Production Major from Decatur, Ga. She is a two-year letterwinner on the Lady Bison basketball team.