Tanay Hudson, 24
Music and writing have always been two loves of mine. Growing up, I always found solace in music and writing poetry and when I was 13 I decided that I’d combine the two and pursue a career as a music journalist. I began my undergraduate career at Norfolk State University but after my junior year I was dissatisfied with the journalism program and decided to drop journalism as my major and pursue sociology. Between my coursework and doing community service with my sorors of the Zeta Gamma chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I discovered my interest in helping others and decided to get a Masters in Social Work after I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 2011. While obtaining my MSW at New York University, I never abandoned my love for journalism and chose to write for their daily newspaper, Washington Square News, as a news and features writer to gain experience needed to enter the field. I also had the opportunity to help people while doing internships at Queens Hospital Center and the Child Center of New York. I discovered my love for working with children as a team member with Americorps for a program called Jumpstart. I was apart of a team that visited a Headstart twice a week to do lesson plans and offer classroom assistance to the teachers. Being at NYU also afforded me the opportunity to study French social work in Paris, France. After I graduated from NYU in 2013, I was hired by my internship as a child therapist and continued to pursue a journalism career. I entered the graduate program for journalism at Hofstra University and I am expected to graduate in May of 2015. Since entering Hofstra’s program I have become a writer for VIBE.com and VIBEVixen.com. In the future I would like to become a music editor for a major magazine or website and continue to do therapy with children and families in low income communities. To me, being purposefully pretty means realizing your inner beauty and knowing your own strength and using it to accomplish your dreams.