Name: Kiev’ D. Dixon Age: 30 Hometown: Lusby, MD Major/Concentration: Human Resource Development GPA: 3.0
Attending Bowie State University as a graduate student has helped me change in so many ways academically and personally. Academically I have been able to maintain between a 3.9 and a 4.0 GPA the two and a half years while studying my courses. I have been blessed to gain knowledge in a field that I never knew existed which has opened my eyes to something bigger and better for me. The courses taken in my studies have also helped me in a number of ways. I can now reflect on all things learned in my classes and apply them to my everyday life which is helping me evolve and change to be better and to help me guide my daughter in the right path. Why did you choose Bowie State University?
I chose Bowie State University because of the closeness it was to the previous place I was residing, and I wanted to have the experience of attending an HBCU since I didn’t get that opportunity for my undergraduate studies. I also chose BSU because when researching and finally deciding to go back to school, it seemed as if they offered the best thing for me with the program I chose. What professor has had the most impact on you and why?
There are three professors that have had the most impact on me. First Dr. Marsha Jackson, she pushed me in ways that I never knew that I could be pushed to get the job done. She always made me do my best because I knew that she would accept nothing less than that. Another professor to impact me was Dr. William Welch, his Training I and II courses helped me see what career path I wanted to follow. And lastly Dr. Linda Hunt, her words and her encouragement always had me to put my game face on. Her expectations of me grew with each class I took with her so it helped me in doing better than what I had done before. She was truly understanding of all things and was always there when I needed her. What was your thesis topic and how did it impact you?
My thesis was on the Effects of Culture on the Career Choices of Minority Women. This subject impacted me because being a minority working women; I wanted to see if culture did impact the choices that minority women make. Minority cultures are constantly growing in the United States and women are constantly entering or re-entering the workforce. Statistics have shown that over a 30 year period the number of women who are working has grown dramatically. In 1970, women made up 43 percent of the work force and in 2002 women made up 60 percent of the workforce. In 2009 women made up 59.2 percent of the workforce. What extracurricular activities and community service have made a significant and positive difference in your life?
In my current job I work with autistic children. Every year we have an autism program which showcases the students’ growth over the year. This has made a difference in my life because of people who say that children who have this disability can’t do anything or call them other names when these children are very bright and smart. They grow in ways that people don’t try to understand, and when I see the growth in them I can say that I had a part in that which is very touching to the heart.
What are your next steps?
Yes, I am planning to pursue a PhD, but right now I have no idea where it would be.