Meet Tia Westmoreland...

Leader/ Servant/ Scholar

1. What do you think it means to be a good girl?

To me a good girl is a woman who is loyal, constantly evolving, and growing into her own. A “good girl” is a woman who is accepting of herself and others, striving to uplift those around her. I don’t strive to obtain the title of being a “good girl,” I just strive to live a positive and fulfilling life while being myself, unapologetically. Any woman who has the ability to have a strong sense of appreciation for herself and others, should be categorized as a good girl. It is imperative for one to know who they are when journeying throughout life, and it is essential for one to uplift others as they climb to the top themselves.

2. You have an extremely impressive resume, how do you balance your school work, research, and social life?

Balancing my school work while conducting research on campus and maintaining a healthy social life is challenging at times. The best advice I could give to anyone who has a heavy workload in and outside of class is to have your priorities in order. For example, every day after class, I create a to-do list ranking what is most important to least. The list I create for myself is nonnegotiable and it has allowed me to stay extremely organized and ahead of the game this semester. While at Hampton, I have had the habit of intertwining my social life with staying on top of my school work. With having friends that share the same goals and aspirations as me, I never do homework by myself. I am always with good company which allows me to have a productive social life.

3. Tell us about the article you wrote for the Hampton Script called, A Letter to Incoming STEM Students: How to Remain Confident about your Major"

The summer of my sophomore year I wrote an article for the Hampton Script that targeted incoming freshmen who were planning on majoring in STEM. The purpose of the article was to encourage to students to remain confident about their majors throughout the adversity they might face during their time at Hampton University. The article I wrote also included advice on how to succeed and survive through classes. The article also included interviews from STEM students who were very active on campus. These students gave advice on how to balance their workload and extracurricular activities.

4. Describe your idea of a perfect date.

To me the perfect date would be a day of canoeing and having lunch in the park. I don’t care for big extravagant dates that are costly, I’m more on the cheap side. I prefer for dates to be on an intimate and private level. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up and going out on dates, but when it comes to preference, I much rather go on an adventurous and inexpensive outing.

5. What book has influenced you most and why?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a book that I read when I was younger and has had a lasting effect in my life. . The Bluest Eye shows how “white-beauty standards” deform the lives of black girls and women.This novel taught me the importance of self-love. I believe every black girl has struggled with feeling like they are not “enough.” After reading this novel, I gained a new level of self-appreciation, and an appreciation for black beauty. Over the years, my appreciation has only gotten stronger.

6. If you could describe yourself in a song what would it be?

If I could describe myself using any song, it would be Miss Independent by Neyo. I am so used to doing things on my own that it has become second nature. Some strive for independence, but I have always had a level of independence going back to my younger years. I view myself as being a “go-getter” and I do not believe in hand outs. If you want to be successful in life, you need to do everything in your power to make it happen for yourself before anybody else does.

7. How do you feel about the double standards between women and men?

I do not acknowledge the double standards between men and women. I do this on purpose because I feel like men and women should be treated the same whether if it’s on a professional or personal level. The depiction of the woman has changed a lot over the course of history and we are slowly but surely becoming more self-sufficient, therefore we should not be held to the same standards as we were earlier in time.

8. What’s your favorite social media outlet & why? 

My favorite social media outlet is Instagram because it allows me to express myself through pictures and it allows me to stay informed with what’s going on with friends. I also love Instagram because of all of the food pages they have to offer. I follow at least twenty different food pages. Three of the meals I recently made this past summer have been because I saw them first on Instagram. Instagram is a great place to get new ideas for food, decor, outfits and adventurous dates with your loved ones.

9. What are words of wisdom you would pass on to your childhood self?

One piece of advice I would pass on to my childhood self is to shoot for the stars and never look back. The bad that happened in the past is not an accurate depiction of what will happen in the future. Also, another piece of advice I would give to myself is to love hard no matter what happens in life.

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