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Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional

Marriage: A Blessing and a Boot Camp

by Deidre Mathis

by Jennifer Edwards In “Marriage: A Blessing and a Boot Camp,” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University alumna Jennifer J. Edwards, Ph.D., offers advice for wives and wives-intraining. In her book, Edwards sets out to help women bridge the gap from their independent lives to their lives as partners in a marriage. Though her book offers pertinent information for new brides, she also shares wisdom that she believes may be useful to the seasoned wife. Edwards’ goal is to empower women who are struggling to fuse their individuality with their new union after tying the knot. Edwards is an author, educator, and self-proclaimed “momprenuer.” She currently works professionally as a university public health faculty member and consultant serving health nonprofits. After completing her undergraduate studies at FAMU, Edwards went on to obtain her doctoral degree specializing in health communication and a graduate certificate in international studies from Howard University. “Marriage: A Blessing and a Boot Camp” is available online at LuLu.com, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.

After being exposed to international travel through a study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic as a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 26-year-old Deidre Mathis decided to take a break from her career and explore the world. Though she had only recently been employed after completing graduate school and was financially constrained, Mathis decided to set out on a year of international travel. To date, Mathis has traveled to five continents and 27 countries, and she is sharing her secrets to travelling on a limited budget in “Wanderlust: For the Young, Broke Professional.” Though Mathis wrote “Wanderlust: For the Young Broke Professional” with young professionals in mind, she said the tips offered can be useful for college students and recent graduates alike. The book recommends resources to help save money, manage and prioritize time, and ease overall trip planning. In addition to budgeting advice, Mathis also provides tips on completing paperwork, packing efficiently, creating pre-travel checklists, and Receive This Moment staying safe. Mathis uses her experience to give by Chris Cotton readers a complete guide through the research, planning and execution of a trip to a new place and While traveling down a path to self-discovery, 2013 Florida Agricultural encourages young professionals to take trips of and Mechanical University alumnus Chris Cotton decided to compile their own. his thoughts into a book to empower others to do the same. Cotton, You can find “Wanderlust: For the Young, a graduate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, wrote “Receive Broke Professional” online at Amazon.com. This Moment,” to help readers understand the power in receiving each

with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Norville founded Taste Create, to help both individuals and small businesses represent themselves with engaging and effective marketing. Through the writing and illustrating of children’s books, Norville said he sets out to create stories and characters that inspire today’s youth. You can purchase “Dean and the Scariest of Things” on Amazon.com.

moment as a gift. “Receive This Moment” is Cotton’s first published book. Cotton uses his own life experiences to share thought-provoking passages about life, friendship, family, and more. Through writing his inspirational and spiritual book, Cotton said he has begun to fulfill his purpose. “Don’t be surprised if some of my entries have your mind thinking in new thought forms and patterns,” Cotton explained in the book’s introduction. “Please believe I have read plenty of these entries over again to receive enlightenment myself. That goes to show, a lot of the time I do not take credit for these creations; I’m just the vessel.” If you’re interested in using “Receive This Moment” to help jumpstart your own journey of self-discovery, you can purchase Cotton’s book online at Amazon.com. A&M MAGAZINE // SPRING 2016 // 55

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...