2012 GRADUATION SPEECH | CCAP in Rhode Island by Natascha Saunders, The Youth Career Coach Inc.
"As you get ready to cross this stage, I beg each of
you: do not let me stand here alone."
The booming oration of keynote speaker and renowned
motivational coach Natascha Saunders enveloped the entire auditorium. The
graduating class of 2012 sat at attention, donning royal blue caps and gowns,
engrossed by her stirring, aggressive and emotional rhetoric.
"Your desire must be greater than your fear. We are
built for greatness, and your success starts now," proclaimed Saunders.
Tips for your student visa interview at
by taking a nice shower so you can be relaxed. No perfume or cologne, some have
allergies. Prepare an outfit that is seen as appropriate based on your culture.
Be mindful that at the U.S. Embassy you may have to pass through metal
detectors secured by U.S. Marine Guards, so stay positive.
Practice your English Most likely the
interview will be conducted in English. Practice with someone that speaks
English very well. In addition, feel free to mention courses or programs you
will take in your native country or any specific means of improving your
English you will undertake prior to your arrival to the United States.
Know your university Know as many
details about the university you will be attending. Know about: the leadership
of the university, what do you plan to study and why, know some of the faculty
names within the university department you plan to study, what activities would
you like to get involved with at the school, what have you read about in that
area, where are some of the alumni now, what do you like about this school and
lastly how will this educational experience in the U.S.A. help further your
career and personal goals in your native country upon graduation.
Materials Although they should have all your
documents on file you should still carry them in a portfolio. For example:
Proof of admission to the university you plan to enroll, proof of financial
support, certified copies of education credentials, copy of your TOEFL scores etc.
(Check with your visa consul before your interview to be sure you bring what is
Express to the interviewer that you have
full intention on returning to your native country after your education is
completed. Making mention of your family, career prospects, and community ties
are examples that you can use during the interview to provide reasons how you
are only seeking the opportunity to study in the United States temporarily. You
want them to hear from you that you indeed to return home. It’s recommended
that you avoid discussing plans to work in the United States after graduation.
NOTE: Always be honest; lying is NEVER a good idea. This is just a
Is it just me or do you see the need for etiquette or cotillion classes? Over
this past month some women, I've notice: tend to say things at
inappropriate times in public, put things on social media that clearly should
be kept private or at the very least posted with wisdom (such as blasting out parents, children, men etc.).
Does anyone have any filters? Where is the class?
The other day I had spoken up because someone said my modeling school, ‘Barbizon’,
was a waste of money without even knowing the curriculum, their teachers nor
did they know that I graduated from Barbizon and was trained to teach their
All I know is my mother enrolled me in Barbizon during my middle school years,
NOT to become a model or an actor but to help build my self-esteem, teach me basic etiquette, class,
communication, proper make-up, sitting, standing, listening, vulgarity when is
it appropriate, relationships with other girls, smiling, shaking hands, etc. (Note: I did become Miss Black Rhode Island USA. Click here to learn more about the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant.)
“The Barbizon experience is about discovering what
makes you special, and developing your one-of-a-kind "star" quality
for the whole world to see. Their expert modeling and acting training, along
with life-skills instruction, will give you the confidence and tools to shine
for a lifetime.” ~ http://www.barbizonmodeling.com/index.php
These are skills I’ve used ever since. I want to stand out as the ‘Youth Career
Coach’. I want to be the best of the best. I want anyone and everyone that
works with me to become an expert in their field, to be confident in who they
are, shine, stand out and have a brand like no other. So is there something wrong with having someone help you?
I had two of my most memorable teachers Ms.ClaireWilliams and Ms. Smiler
Questel Haynes (my first teacher of color). Ms. Claire Williams was a true diva
– the first women I saw in 4 inch heels with a proper length pencil skirt! When
I was going through Barbizon, my family had a fire in our home, and I lost
everything and I mean everything. Ms. Williams showed up to my door at Academy
Homes, in Roxbury, MA with a bag of clothes. Talk about teaching me to walk in
grace despite the wearing of used clothes over and over again ‘before it was
Ms. Haynes (picture on your left, in yellow) was the epitome of class and I'm grateful
to her for teaching me how to be a lady. As a brown skin girl - she was - what
I wanted to be like every Saturday morning I went to class.
I am NOT perfect, nor do I claim to be but I'm proud to have a mom and dad that
provided me some tools to help distinguish me from the rest and teach me
etiquette. If I was too loud in public all my dad had to do was look at me and
I knew to calm down, relax and talk – because after all the person was standing
right in front of me. lol
I realize my focus is ‘careers and vision’ but goodness gracious....I kept my
Barbizon Curriculum (as I was trained to teach by Barbizon, following in the
footsteps of Ms. Haynes) and I have no problem dusting it off and bringing this
training to young women of color.
Let's step it up, our brand depends on it! Let’s show some stylish class and excellence!
'Globals' Generation Focuses On Experience Larr is part of a growing number
of 20- and early 30-somethings whose American dream has moved beyond
suburban homes and traditional nuclear families, and it's one that now
goes even beyond U.S. borders.
Larr and others like her are more likely than previous generations to
live, study and work abroad. As they travel the world, they're now
abandoning some of the traditional tenets of the American dream that
their parents held dear. READ MORE HERE.. by Sam Sanders