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Chloe Baily sings national anthem at MLB WORLD SERIES.

SCORPIO SEASON

360 MAGAZINE reports on latest news for the month of November, while celebrating the scorpion horoscope.


CHLOE BAILEY sings the national anthem at Game 3 of the 2022 World Series.

Photo: Major League Baseball


28yro American rapper Takeoff, powerhouse hip hop trio Migos, shot down in a bowling alley in downtown Houston. According to his label, Quality Control Music, he was killed by a stray bullet. Additional stories can be found at Houston Chronicle and Fox 26 Houston.


Watch The LOS40 MUSIC AWARDS 2022 GALA again: ROSALÍA, AITANA, DAVID GUETTA, ANITTA, AND MORE WINNERS OF THE NIGHT. The night of November 4 was full of the most important music awards: performances, anecdotes, and improvised dances. Click HERE to know the winners of the LOS40 Music Awards 2022.


Aaron Carter: singer and rapper brother of Nick of the Backstreet Boys dies at 34. Aaron was found dead in the bathroom of his home in Lancaster, California on Saturday, November 5. The cause of his death could point to an overdose due to mental health problems and addictions that he had.


The transgender ‘influencer’ Nikita Dragun, has been imprisoned in a male prison after being arrested for going naked by a pool in Miami.


University of Kentucky student has been permanently banned from campus due to his constant hurling of racist slurs at a black student.


Chris Evans, the sexiest man of 2022 according to People magazine: “My mom will be very happy”.


Taylor Swift becomes the most listened-to singer on Spotify for the first time. Since the release of her new album ‘Midnights‘ on October 21, her listeners have increased and she is close to the 80 million barriers on the platform.


Vogue‘ sues rappers 21 Savage and Drake for making believe they were on the cover of the magazine. The two artists created a fake magazine cover and thanked the director for taking them out. Condé Nast asks them for $4 million.


SELENA GOMEZ ‘MY MIND & ME‘: the emotional documentary about the life of the artist, gives us reasons for hope. In the documentary, which includes images that have been recorded by the protagonist herself, you can already know all the facets of Selena Gomez, as an actress, composer, singer, producer, businesswoman, and activist. However, we can also see her in her most complicated moments.


”The Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 4” by Rihanna drops in the new lingerie collection. Lace, brocade, tight silhouettes, transparencies, and glitter, together with incredible makeup and hairstyles, create an ode to diversity and sensuality. The show is now available on Amazon Prime Video.


Takeoff Funeral: With his coffin surrounded by black and white flowers; family and friends gave the last goodbye to the member of Migos in Atlanta. On November 1, rapper Takeoff was killed in a drive-by shooting. He received a tribute from family and friends at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena which was attended by Cardi B, Justin Bieber, and Drake to remember the musician’s legacy. A choir set the farewell, which was attended by hundreds of people who, since the early hours of November 11, formed outside the stadium of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, which had the illuminated sign “Celebrating the life of Takeoff”.


Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dome have officially tied the knot. The couple announced that they will both be sharing the last name ‘Lautner’.


Two planes have collided in the wings over the Dallas air show.


Transgender model wins local ‘Miss America’ pageant for the first time ever. Teenager Brian Nguyen has recently become the first transgender contestant to win at a Miss American event. This appears after a new court ruling that established transgender contestants could be eliminated from competitions without any repercussions.


Beyoncé officially breaks Jay-Z‘s record as the most nominated artist in Grammys history. The singer has obtained 9 nominations at the Grammy 2023 and winning four of them would become the artist with the most awards at this award.


The world’s population has officially reached 8 billion people.


The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie had a $180 million opening weekend domestically and has grossed $330 million globally so far.


A 22-year-old gunman killed 5 people and injured 25 before being subdued by “heroic” patrons at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.


Frank Watson, a popular NYC LGBTQIA+ party promoter and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member, passed away suddenly and untimely on Saturday, November 19, 2022, due to some undisclosed reasons. He will always be remembered.


Lids Foundation recently partnered with NBA Skills Coach, Chris Brickley to give back to the local community with a holiday shopping trip for 12 youths from Covenant House. Chris Brickley and The Lids Foundation spread cheer with a holiday shopping trip for 12 youths from Covenant House. The children were each given $500 to spend in-store at the Lids American Dream Mall store. The Lids Foundation provides support to local communities and charitable organizations to serve community members of all ages.

Speaking about the importance of this partnership, Chris shared, “It means a lot to me, to help out the youth. It’s one of my life goals to put smiles on kids’ faces. I think the Covenant House is a really special place and thank you to the Lids Foundation for helping to make this happen.”

UNITED WE ARE DREAMING Documentary via 360 MAGAZINE.

UNITED WE ARE DREAMING

NEW DOCUMENTARY MAKES CASE FOR DREAMERS Defacto

Americans Remain in Legal Limbo United We Are Dreaming (USA/2022) is a 52-minute documentary that looks at the life circumstances of five Dreamers, adults now 22 to 40 years of age, who were brought to the US as small children by undocumented parents. They have grown up in the US, attended K-12 schools and have now progressed to college, military service, and, or employment.

The term Dreamer derives from the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation originally introduced in 2001 which if passed would have provided a special pathway to citizenship for these young undocumented residents, estimated at times to be up to a million in number.

The legislation has yet to pass. In 2012, President Obama created by Executive Order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation, and the ability to legally work, among other privileges.

As 2023 approaches, DACA recipients are dispersed in communities throughout the US where they are building careers, raising their American born children and are otherwise immersed in their communities. Many were essential workers during the COVID pandemic. But some 600,000 Dreamers (part of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrant residents in the U.S.) remain in legal limbo, susceptible to the political inclinations of lawmakers who have yet to seriously address a dysfunctional U.S. immigration system.

Dreamer Miguel Tapia Colin speaks for the others when he says, “I think in every sense, in every sense except on paper, I think I’m an American. You know, this is the only country I know, this is the country I grew up in. This is the country that I went to school in, standing up every morning, pledging allegiance to the flag, learning the history. Obviously, on paper I’m not, but I don’t think I’m less American than anybody else.”

Laura Collins, Director of the George W. Bush Institute Economic Growth Initiative offers, “I think the question we all need to ask ourselves is who gets to be American? And in my opinion, that is really looking forward to saying, how do we continue to live up to that ideal as that beacon of freedom and opportunity for people around the world? And that’s not just people fleeing violence and persecution, but people who truly believe in American ideals, even if they weren’t born here.”

Production of United We Are Dreaming began in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. The
documentary features important pieces of the stories of five Dreamers with connections to Delaware. During production, two graduated from college, another had a child, and the others transitioned to graduate programs and careers. In an unanticipated event, the mother of a participating Dreamer becomes a naturalized American citizen after decades of residency and petitioning.

Collectively, these segments offer a clear and compelling picture of the impact that
a long-fractured immigration system is having on the lives of DACA recipients and their
families…and the tenacity of human spirit that allows them to persist.

United We Are Dreaming is a Hearts and Minds Film, produced by the Delaware-based production company www.TELEDUCTION.com. The award-winning TELEDUCTION team specializes in the production of human-focused stories that have appeared on American Public Television, The History Channel, and others, and in prestigious Film Festivals that include Heartland and NYC Film and Television.

Watch Trailer HERE.

Scheduled community screenings in Delaware include:

November 16 at 7:00 P.M. – Delaware State University, Dover Campus
November 29 at 7:00 P.M. – Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus in Georgetown
November 30 at 7:00 P.M. – Penn Cinema on the Riverfront, Wilmington

WORKS BY NICK CAVE, KARL WIRSUM, RICHARD HUNT, AND MICHELLE GRABNER, GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK STARTING TODAY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO STUDENTS VIA 360 MAGAZINE.

Art Institute of Chicago Scholarships

WORKS BY NICK CAVE, KARL WIRSUM, RICHARD HUNT, AND MICHELLE GRABNER, GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK STARTING TODAY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO STUDENTS 

Contemporary Artwork from Notable Alums and Faculty Available for Purchase on

Artsy.net from November 1 through 14 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, is bringing the joy of collecting fine art to the public by inviting all art collectors and enthusiasts to participate in their online auction taking place November 1 through 14 on Artsy.net, where a diverse group of SAIC alums and faculty have donated their work to raise crucial funds for student scholarships.

This unique collection of work, created by artists ranging in age, discipline, style and process, presents a rare opportunity for the public to have access to notable pieces that wouldn’t otherwise be available.

“Art and design have a significant place in our society, and these practices have the power to help us see our world in unexpected ways and offer solutions to the challenges we face,” said SAIC President Elissa Tenny. “It is our responsibility as a world-class art and design college to break down barriers so any student who has the talent and desire can pursue this education and supporting student scholarships is critical to this effort.”

Some of the impressive works up for bid include: 

  • Nick CaveChaplet, vintage tole, metal and bronze 
  • Michelle Grabner- Untitled, bronze statue 
  • Sanford Biggers– Crowded House, assorted textiles and mixed media on paper  
  • Richard HuntMaquette: Ida B Wells National Monument, Cast bronze statue model 
  • Richard Rezac– Untitled, Cast bronze and painted maple wood 
  • Karl Wirsum– Mr. Fancy Pants, drawing on heavy paper 
  • Roger Brown– Hank Williams, Honky Tonk Man, color silkscreen 
  • Brian Calvin– Little Line Up, acrylic on linen 
  • william cordova– moving structures (pa marielle franco), charcoal, graphite, oil stick, ink, gold leaf on arches paper 
  • Mari Eastman– BLACK-EYED SUSANS IN THE BACKYARD, oil on panel 
  • Celeste Rapone– Whitener, oil on canva 

In addition to the online auction, on Friday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m., SAIC will host A Happening Auction Party at its flagship public gallery, located at 33 E. Washington St. The event at SAIC Galleries celebrates artists and designers that have generously donated their works. Inspired by the boisterous “Happenings” of Allan Kaprow during 1950-60s where he and his contemporaries would perform small tasks that encompassed art, performance and spontaneity, the evening’s attendees will be witness to performances that engage them both consciously and subconsciously, will be able to bid on works from late artists, Betsy Rupprecht, Ellen Lanyon, Karl Wirsum, Roger Brown and Suellen Rocca.

Proceeds from both the ticket and auction sales will benefit student scholarships. Tickets for A Happening Auction Party begin at $300 and can be purchased at saic.edu/artauction. 

“For more than 150 years, some of the most renowned artists have attended or taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and we’re thrilled to bring together such a prestigious selection of work from faculty and alums who have shaped the world of contemporary art today,” said SAIC Professor and former Dean of Faculty Lisa Wainwright, who curated the collection. “The SAIC Art Auction and A Happening Auction Party offer a rare opportunity for art buyers to add to their collections while supporting the next generation of great artists.”

For More Event Information

Details can be found at saic.edu/artauction. 

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 155 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world, and adults, teens, and kids in our Continuing Studies classes have the opportunity to explore their creative sides, build portfolios, and advance their skills. Notable alums and faculty include Georgia O’Keeffe, Nick Cave, David Sedaris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Grabner, Richard Hunt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Jeff Koons.

Photo Credit: Adrian Wong

TIDAL RELEASES MENTAL HEALTH PLAYLISTS

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, the Back-To-School season can be a stressful time for all involved. It’s important to prioritize your mental wellbeing year-round but especially as summer break comes to a close, and global music streaming service, TIDAL wants to help! 

Below, it is included the mental-health playlists that went live on August 15th on TIDAL:

MOVING INTO NEW CHAPTERS:

MANAGING CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE:

  • THE LONG GOODBYE: Grieving is the world’s loneliest feeling. Here’s a soundtrack that may be able to keep you company.
  • FEELING THE FEELS: Turn on this soundtrack when you just need to let it all out and be in your feelings. This too shall pass.
  • FINDING THE WORDS: It’s okay to not be okay. Things get better and you will get through this.
  • FINDING YOURSELF AGAIN: This is the perfect soundtrack for picking up the pieces after it’s all over.

REIGNITING YOUR POSITIVE MINDSET:

  • FACE THE SUN: There is beauty, hope, and strength in and around you. Keep your face to the sun and take one step at a time.
  • THE BEST IS YET TO COME: Embrace the change and keep taking it one day at a time.
  • DEEP FOCUS BEATS: Some songs just get you in the zone. Tune the world out and conSYNTHtrate with these deep-focus beats
Daniel Carrera student at P.S. 090 Horace Mann in Queens.

A LEGOLAND® VACATION

Mrs. Nanjad got a well-deserved teaching break from, of all people, a student, and some LEGO® Bricks. Daniel Carrera, the recent winner of the Mini Master Model Builder competition at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester and a 5th-grade student at P.S. 090 Horace Mann in Queens, gave a mini LEGO building lesson about how to create graduation-themed LEGO® models.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester donated hundreds of LEGO® bricks to help Carrera teach the class of 25 about building special items for their 5th-grade graduation. They created a name badge, apple, pencil, and notebook as part of the special fun session, giving Mrs. Nanjad a well-deserved break to enjoy seeing one of her students become a budding LEGO® builder. On top of it all, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester surprised each student with the new Summer Play Pass so they can keep building, creating, and playing for the rest of the year at the attraction. The summer play pass will launch this weekend for the general public to purchase. $39.99 for admission Sunday – Friday until Dec 31, 2022.

Daniel is also competing to become the North American Mini-Master Model Builder. New Yorkers looking to support their local Mini-Master Model Builder can vote to start tomorrow at 9:00 AM, Jun 22, through Monday, Jun 27, at noon at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s Facebook page. The votes will be combined with Master Model Builders at all LEGOLAND Discovery Centers to decide the winner. Daniel thanks you for your support and hopes the first-ever North American Mini-Master Model Builder will reside in New York

How to Combine Family and Studying

Once you’ve decided to go back into studying, you may have a whole set of new roles and responsibilities that run alongside your course. If you’re a parent, the idea of committing to a program can feel daunting, especially if you’re constantly running around after the kids. However, while it may come with its challenges, it is possible to study for a degree while keeping your kids in check.

The key to all of this is balance. Regardless of what you’re studying and your career ambitions, here is a guide on how to combine family and studying, helping you to get the best of both worlds. 

Get Organized

The number one tip for combining family life and studying is being organized. As a parent, you should already be a pro at multitasking, but when it comes to being a student and keeping your kids happy, creating a schedule is a must. Before getting stuck into your degree, it’s worth buying a calendar and sectioning off times that you can dedicate to learning.

If you have chosen an online degree, while there is more flexibility and freedom in terms of when and where you study, you still need to be organized and in control of your schedule. As you become a master of time management, everything will slot into place, allowing you to combine spending time with your kids with being fully committed to your degree.

Talk to Your Partner

When studying for a degree, you will need the love and support of your partner to get you to the finish line. If you both share parental duties, your partner needs to step up to the plate and help you out during your course. Before learning gets underway, it’s time to sit down with your spouse and discuss how the next year is going to play out. Your partner should be fully behind your decision to go back into education, so don’t feel guilty about putting yourself first.

Once you have open and frank conversations with your partner, you can devise a schedule and routine that enables you to get the most out of your course. Whether this involves your partner taking and picking up the kids from school or taking them out to the park, so you have some much-needed peace and quiet, make sure you have these chats before you go into student mode.

Establish Boundaries

Depending on the age of your kids, they may not fully understand that you’ll need some alone time during your course. You need to establish boundaries from the start and find an area of the home that can be dedicated to studying. The last thing you need is constant interruptions and distractions, so sitting down with your kids and explaining what will happen is important.

To combine family and studying successfully, there needs to be rules in place that enable you to concentrate on your workload. As well as establishing boundaries, you should set realistic goals that will give you something to work towards. 

Reach Out for Help

As well as getting help and support from your spouse, you should reach out to your support network during your time as a student. If your partner has to work away and you’re left in charge of childcare, it may be wise to call up a family member or friend who can step in and share the load. This will mean you can catch up with coursework or revise for an exam, without the worry of having to entertain your children simultaneously. 

Your loved ones will be there for you every step of the way, so don’t feel guilty about reaching out for help. If you are studying at a land-based establishment, you may engage with other student parents. This can be a fantastic opportunity to share tips and advice on how best to keep your kids happy while studying. 

Pick a Suitable Course

Understandably, you need to pick a course that correlates with your lifestyle. For instance, if you have no other option than to look after the kids in the mornings, you may not benefit from studying in person. If you’re juggling work as well as studying, you may be better off opting for an online degree.

Whether you decide on Baylor University and study an online ABSN or your eyes are drawn to the business world and you want to study for an MBA degree, you must look at the course specifications, so you know what is expected of you, as well as how much time you need to commit to the degree. 

Make Room for Quality Time

Above anything else, spending quality time with your children and partner is crucial during your time as a student. It can be difficult to find the right balance between learning and being around loved ones, so you need to find windows of opportunity during the day and night that can be used solely for your nearest and dearest. This can include tucking your kids into bed, spending breakfast together, or having a movie night.

You don’t want to come to the end of your degree and feel you’ve neglected your children and partner. While a lot of your focus will be on attaining the best grades possible, that’s not to say you can’t have fun along the way. Don’t feel guilty about taking regular breaks from studying. After all, your health and wellbeing are essential for getting through your degree. 

Stay Positive

Retaining a positive mindset throughout your degree can be difficult. Trying to please everyone while studying can heighten stress levels and cause you to burn out. Therefore, you need to try and keep upbeat during your course, which will help keep you sane and on track.

Embarking on a degree while looking after the kids may feel like a mammoth task. However, with some preparation, organization, and honest and open conversations, you will be able to juggle your studies, while maintaining a happy and healthy family life. 

Whatever course you decide on doing, or how old your kids are, always remember that you’re studying to gain a degree that will benefit all of you. 

illustration by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

DELTA VARIANT PUTS NORMAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON AT RISK

By: Clara Guthrie

There was a period in the late spring and early summer of this past year in which it seemed America’s COVID-19 struggles were nearing some long-awaited conclusion: the last few moments of breathlessness before a collective sigh of relief. At that time, students and their parents looked forward to a seemingly normal back-to-school season. Yet, the recent rise in the Delta variant has introduced a new wave of doubt.

On August 8 alone, The New York Times reported 36,068 new Covid-19 cases and a seven-day average of 110,360 total cases in the United States. Covid-related deaths are also on the rise, with a seven-day average of 516 deaths. This figure has risen from a weekly average of 188 deaths only one month prior, on July 6. Experts attribute these rising numbers to the highly contagious Delta variant overlaid with low vaccination rates in certain areas across the country. When asked about these trends in mid-July, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk.”

Unfortunately, as the Delta variant continues to run rampant throughout unvaccinated communities, people who are fully vaccinated are also being infected. Although, it is far rarer. These “break-through” cases speak mainly to the wild infectiousness of the Delta variant, coupled with the facts that no vaccine is 100% effective and that our knowledge of how long immunity lasts after vaccination is still quite murky. According to CNBC, however, “break-through” cases still represent fewer than 0.08% of those who have been fully vaccinated in the United States since the start of the year.

With that being said, the Delta variant is impacting the hopes of a normal back-to-school season in two distinct ways. The first, perhaps more obvious way, is that parents and teachers are fearing for students’ health. This fear suggests a potential return to online learning and more strict social distancing and mask mandates enforced within schools.

It is important to note that COVID-19 poses a far lesser threat to young children than to adults; the risk of becoming severely ill from the virus increases for those over the age of 50 and only grows with age. According to the CDC, the risk of serious illness or complications from COVID-19 for children is actually lower than that from the flu. However, children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for any form of vaccination. This restriction is raising concerns about how susceptible younger age groups are to becoming sick, even if that sickness does not lead to any serious complications.

Thus, many parents and school districts are pursuing a range COVID-19 precautions to ensure the safety of students. Time Magazine shared a story last week of a school board in Des Moines, Iowa that has already decided to offer a virtual learning option for elementary school students. The ability to transition to in-person learning is available whenever the family feels comfortable enough to do so. This move was, in part, forced by the recent ruling of eight states, including Iowa, to ban schools from being able to require masks – despite the CDC’s recommendation that all students should wear masks inside schools, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated. “Had we been able to follow the CDC recommendations that everyone in school is masked, regardless of their vaccine status—if we were able to mandate that, then I think we’d be having a different conversation here,” Phil Roeder, a spokesperson for Des Moines’ Polk County public schools, said.

Other counties are having similar struggles, even without the imposition from state governments to ban mask mandates within schools. For example, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in May that all online learning would be eliminated come fall, a decision that he has not yet reversed. But many parents are now petitioning for online options for their children as safety concerns continue to rise. One parent, Farah Despeignes, who is the president of the Bronx Parent Leaders Advocacy Group and has two middle-school-aged sons, said, “When you think about the conditions of the schools with old buildings, with not enough ventilation, that are co-located, that are overcrowded—for us, in the Bronx, in underserved communities, it’s not as simple as, ‘Well, let’s just get back to school.’”

In California, options for students are equally limited. According to The Los Angeles Times, the state has done away with “hybrid learning, ”a combination of in-person and online learning. As a result of such, Los Angeles County parents had until August 6 to choose between either solely in-person or online learning for their children. The latter option is expected to take the form of an independent study, rather than the supportive online learning of last school year. On August 6th, L.A. Unified School District reported that only 10,280 of their almost 665,000 students opted for the online option.

The second prominent way in which the Delta variant is affecting back-to-school season is through the shopping behavior of students and their families. Back when the hopes of a normal school year were still high, The National Retail Federation predicted that consumers with children K-12 would spend a record-breaking 37.1 billion dollars this year. Furthermore, it was predicted that back-to-college spending would reach 71 billion dollars. These predictions were due to the excitement associated with a long-awaited return to the classroom after over a year away, when items like lunchboxes and backpacks seemed superfluous.

However, according to a recent poll by First Insight, many consumers are feeling anxious about returning to stores, trying on clothing in dressing rooms and making big purchases due to the risk of the Delta variant. In fact, 56% of respondents said they are actively cutting back their spending at retailers. The CEO of Bath Bed & Beyond, Mark Tritton, told CNBC that their stores have observed people delaying their back-to-school investments, and that peak spending may extend further into September than usual.

As many students return to their classrooms and the Food and Drug Administration continues to work on improving vaccines for individuals under the age of 12, it will become more and more clear how great of a mark Covid-19 has left on the American schooling system and the children within it.

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Interview with Mariah Pearson

By: Skyler Johnson

On July 5th, 2021, the Revlon Creme of Nature “Legacy to Leadership” scholarship inaugural winners were announced. The scholarship was meant to provide funding to students attending HBCUs, or historically black colleges and universities. I had the privilege of interviewing one of the students who received the scholarship: Mariah Pearson, who’s currently attending North Carolina A&T State University

How important is it for you to attend an HBCU?

It was personally extremely important for me because I feel as though a lot of times, in society, people of color, don’t exactly get the opportunities as other people would and I feel that at my HBCU and at other HBCUs across the country were given those opportunities. We’re given resources to better navigate, better operate in the real world… in corporate America and professional settings. It also provided me with a community of people who have similar backgrounds as me and similar interests as me. It’s awesome to go to one. 

What is your favorite thing about college thus far?

So far my favorite thing about college would probably be the environment, the way my school feels like a family, and how you can meet new people and it doesn’t feel awkward to introduce yourself. [Talking to a stranger at school] kind of feels like you’re talking to someone you’ve known forever. That’s probably my favorite part, just feeling like I’m at home when I’m not at home. 

Briefly, can you go over what you expect to gain out of college? 

Of course to get a degree. And learn how to operate in professional settings, but also just for personal development. I feel that going to college has opened a bunch of doors and there’s a bunch of opportunities for new experiences that you might not get if you don’t go to college. Knowing who I am and what I like, who I want to be, how I want to grow, the direction I want to grow in. I definitely feel that college helps you figure that out really quickly. 

What’re the most important lessons you’ve learned thus far?

There’s a couple. One of them is definitely: always be on your Ps and Qs, because somebody’s always watching, and you don’t know who’s watching or when, but… somebody’s always seeing you. That’s one of them. Another one is always try and surround yourself with people who you want to see yourself as. You can’t become a winner if you’re not in a group of winners. You can’t be a leader if you’re not in a group of leaders. So it’s important that you surround yourself with people who feed into you positively and of course hold you to a standard that you would hold yourself to. I think those are the main lessons that I’ve learned so far, and I’m sure there are plenty more to come. 

What made you want to get into health care?

So I’m going into physical therapy, and when I was first trying to figure out where I was going to go to school and what I was going to go for I… [didn’t] really know… But as an athlete, who had to experience going through physical therapy, I was like, “I kinda like sports, I kinda like helping people, so let’s find a way to mix the two.” And physical therapy is what came up… I later began to grow a love for it through learning how the healthcare system operates, and of course how it treats different people. Because I personally know that being a black woman I’m going to experience a different type of healthcare than anyone else would. Especially since I had family [members] who had gone through physical therapy and had different medical procedures done and they felt that they hadn’t been treated the way they should’ve been, or wanted, to be treated. [Which is why] one of my goals as a health care professional in the future would definitely be to make people feel more comfortable and cared for and appreciated as a patient.

Do you expect to change the world? 

Yes, I do. In some way, shape, or form I will [change the world], because another one of my goals as a physical therapist is to establish a [holistic] health care system. [I would not just] tap into the physical but also into the mental state, [asking] how [a patient’s] feeling, [if they were] eating, [if they were] exercising. I’m going to establish a facility where I take care of the whole person and not just say, “oh you’re sick, here’s some medicine.” Personally I’m not a big fan of medication which is why I chose physical therapy, because you’re essentially healing your own body by yourself. There’s no needles, there’s no medicine. It’s purely you moving your body and [exploring] how movement can essentially create a better lifestyle for you. 

How excited were you when you received the Revlon HBCU scholarship?

I cried, when I found out, I was so… thankful to Creme of Nature for this scholarship. It’s something that I definitely needed at the time. When I went through the process of figuring out what scholarship I was gonna apply for, and what bubble I fit in, with the scholarship world, they popped up and I [was] like, “this is perfect, this is awesome,” because I [could] make a video explaining who I [was] and what I [wanted] to do and what I [was] passionate about… It [was] purely me telling them about how I really feel about where I want to be in life, and my profession… so it was incredible. I cried. I called my mom. I called everybody.

Book illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Education Tips For Children

7 Ways to Ensure Your Child Gets a Good Education

The Oxford Method, a tutoring community, offers tips to help your child be successful in school

Over the last year, during the pandemic, there have been many kids who have struggled academically. This is in part due to the millions who have had to do online learning and find the setup difficult. Whether children are learning online, in person, via classroom, or through a combination of the three, there are things that parents can do to help them be more successful. Knowing what to do can help make a world a difference and reduce the struggling.

“Many parents are aware of the way their kids are struggling with school over this school year,” explains David Florence, professor and founder of The Oxford Method, a community that offers tutoring services around the country. “Rather than let them fall behind, it’s a good idea to take action and do what you can to help them keep up and even pull ahead.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 93% of households with school-age children report that their kids have engaged in some sort of distance learning during the pandemic. They also report that the vast shift in the way kids are learning has also caused digital inequality because some kids don’t have access to computers and/or the Internet. Whether students are learning online or in class, there are things parents can do to help them get a good education.

Here 7 ways to help ensure your child gets a good education:

  1. Sleep. It’s crucial for a child to get enough sleep each night, which will help them to be more focused, as well as improve their behavior, quality of life, and mental and physical health. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children ages 6-12 should get 9-12 hours of sleep per night, and teens ages 13-18 should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Teach value. It usually starts at home whether or not a child values an education. Parents who want their kids to get a good education should instill a love of learning in their children and teach them to value the education they are getting.
  3. Get them help. If your child is struggling, you may be able to help them, but there also comes a time when kids need a tutor to step in. A good tutor can make a world of difference in ensuring that a child gets a good education. They can help ensure that students will not fall behind and that they will get the foundation they need to move on in a subject.
  4. Show them how. Oftentimes, kids don’t know how to effectively study for a test or to take notes when they are in class. Take the time to show them how to do it effectively, as well as how to stay organized with their schooling. When students are organized, they are more likely to succeed.
  5. Ask them questions. Be sure to ask your kids how it is going, if they got their homework done, if they need any help, or if there’s anything they need to be more successful. They like to know that you are interested in how they are doing, so it’s good to show an active interest.
  6. Get involved. It’s always a good idea if you can get involved with the school and have good communication with the teacher. That way you will be aware of what is going on and know how to help your child more. Teachers love it when parents take an active interest in their child’s education.
  7. Praise your kids. Help kids to know what they are doing is right or what they are doing is wrong. Praising and encouraging the kids builds their confidence and helps them to succeed as they grow.

“Just about every parent has the ability to help kids succeed with their academics, even if it’s ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed,” added Florence. “We help parents be successful, even those who don’t have the funds to pay for a tutor. Our mission is to help as many students to achieve as we can.”

The Oxford Method has over 100 tutors around the country, covering all subject areas. They offer online tutoring, as well as in-person and in-classroom options. Their tutoring services are available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Instructors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with many of them having a master’s degree, Ph.D., and at least four years of teaching experience. The Oxford Method works with their nonprofit, Social Actualization, Inc., by giving them 10% of all profits. The funds are used to provide free computers, high-speed internet, and instruction to underprivileged families in urban and rural America. Plus, 40% of their instructors are PhDs, 40% have a master’s degree, and 20% have only a bachelor’s degree.

The Oxford Method believes that education is the great equalizer and the best gift you can give the next generation. Subject areas include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as business, social studies, psychology, English, history, public speaking, study methods, test-taking, and more. To get more information about The Oxford Method, visit the website.

Illustration of models by Rita Azar for 360 Magazine

Advice Every Fashion Student Should Read

Are you about to enter the challenging but very exciting world of fashion school? Are you prepared for what’s ahead as you embark on your design studies? Do you know what to expect during the first year? Don’t worry if not, as we’re about to share some important advice that every fashion student should know. 

Fashion School Is Expensive

The cost of going to college is not cheap. You need to pay fees and you need to have enough money to live comfortably. You don’t want to be scraping by – you want to enjoy your college years and make lifelong memories with the new people in your life. Looking into ways that will give you a bit more breathing room financially is always a good move. 

Is it possible to take on a part time job at the weekends so you have extra cash? Can you refinance your existing student loan with a private lender so you’re left with one monthly repayment? By doing so, you can choose your payment and term and enjoy more flexibility with your monthly cash flow. Have you talked to your parents about how they could help you out? There are lots of options available to make the burden of paying for fashion school a lot more bearable. 

Always Think About Your Portfolio

It’s a good idea to treat every project you complete like it will be part of your final portfolio. Not only will you do your absolute best to produce the best work you can but you’ll also be extra focused and motivated when it comes to meeting deadlines. Follow this simple advice and you’ll leave college with top grades and a huge selection of work samples. 

Stay Up to Date with Trends

Fashion school and keeping on top of new trends go hand in hand. If you really want to excel, don’t be the fashion designer who waits for new trends to arrive before jumping on the bandwagon. Why not be the person who stays ahead of trends – the person who knows what’s coming before everyone else does? The secret to staying ahead is keeping informed. Watch – or attend – fashion week if possible. Follow big stylists on social media. Check your local high-end boutiques for new collections. Spend your spare time studying celebrity stylists. These are all ways to keep your finger on the pulse of new and upcoming trends. 

Learn How to Sew

Do you know how to sew? If not, it’s time to learn. Great fashion designers learn how to sew early on in their careers so they can understand the different fabrics and get used to working with a wide range of threads and materials. To be successful, it’s important to understand the construction of clothing and what’s involved in making a beautiful garment. 

Be Tech-Savvy

Fashion school has not escaped the advancements of technology. It’s now essential for students to understand the different fashion design software platforms that are changing the way designers work. What do you need to focus on in terms of technology? You need to get familiar with 3D printing so you can create 3D models of your designs before production starts. You also need to gain expertise in body scanning, smart tailoring and the world of augmented reality.