Alumni Reception Held
On November 6, 2015, the History and Interdisciplinary Studies Alumni, students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Homecoming and give out awards to outstanding undergraduates.
Here are some highlights from the event.
Derek Smith (B.A. History, 2015)
Derek Smith was accepted into Pepperdine Law School.
Jason Hall (B.A. History, 2014)
Jason Hall was accepted to the graduate program in European Studies at the University of Flensburg, Germany.
Krystal (Watson) Alexander (B.A. History, 2005)
Krystal Alexander has been hired as a staff attorney with South Carolina Legal Services. Krystal graduated from NSU with a B.A. in History in 2005.
James Brownsmith (B.A. History, 2011)
James Brownsmith graduated from NSU in 2011 with a B.A. in History after gaining significant experience in business through his study abroad semester in Cuba. Mr. Brownsmith kindly agreed to be interviewed about his experiences since graduation.
What have you been up to since graduation?
Technically I finished my Bachelors through Norfolk State’s Study abroad Havana, Cuba program. This experience inspired me to continue travelling so I began teaching English in foreign countries. First in Chile where I also coached high school basketball, then in the Dominican Republic. Throughout my travels I began becoming acquainted with many local businesses. Since I was bilingual (English/ Spanish) local business owners would often use my skills to help negotiate with foreign interests and expatriates. My interest in business grew and when I returned to the States I founded a 3D Printing company 3D MarketSpace LLC. The creation process of this business allowed me to gain skills and knowledge of marketing, advertising, design, and outsourcing. Since I have returned to my hometown (Atlanta, GA) local businesses have become aware of my skills and I have expanded to event promotion, local entertainment, bars and restaurants, etc. This has become quite successful, and now I find I need to expand and find employees.
How has your history degree helped you achieve your goals?
My history degree has aided me beyond belief. I believe this degree presents to the world a well-rounded individual, which fits me perfectly. Two things I have learned from my travels and business is adaptability, and resourcefulness. My history degree has allowed me to better understand the world and society around me. Therefore I don’t have as many questions, and I can better focus on improvement of my tasks.
What are your future plans?
I have recently been accepted in Clark Atlanta’s Master of Business Administration program, I plan to complete my MBA there. I am also looking to expand my companies and found new ones. You never know when or where the next opportunity will present itself.
What advice do you have for our current history majors?
Stay as diverse as possible it will pay off ten-fold. Taking advantage of study abroad was one of the best decisions of my academic career. If you do choose to study abroad, explore, always try to see what’s around the next corner.