• Paula Anderson

A second chance to pursue your dreams

Updated: May 18

by Paula Anderson

As a returning student to the University of Memphis, I was determined to pursue my career goals the second time around.

In 2013, I decided to pursue a second bachelor's degree in journalism. After taking a PR writing class, I realized that I could pursue a writing career. One of my professors, Kim Keller, challenged and pushed me in this class. I learned how to write newsletters, press releases, fundraising letters and speeches.

Prior to attending the U of M, I obtained a bachelor's degree in English at LeMoyne-Owen College. My goal was to teach English to high school students. Reading plays by Shakespeare, stories by Homer and essays by Emerson developed my interest in literature.

At 16 years-old, I began my career in the healthcare industry and was able to work in a program called Memphis Partners. This program prepared me for a career in the healthcare field.

After eight years of pursuing a second bachelor's and master's degree, I am officially prepared to start a new career in journalism and strategic media.

In addition to writing, I also enjoy teaching others in the areas of healthcare and communication.

On May 8, 2021, my master's degree was conferred and I will continue my research on entrepreneurship, uses and gratification theory and magazine reading.

My goals could not have been reached without the support of my son, Eric; mother and aunt. I sacrificed my lifestyle and an income to achieve this goal.

In the words of Oprah Winfrey, " You can have it all, just not all at once."

Video Credit: Eric Ryan Brinson

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