Mhakeda is currently a 2nd year student at Northlake College and will be transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington in May 2019. She is studying Biochemistry with aspiration to go to medical school, get her PhD and open her own gynecology practice in the future.
As a full-time account representative who is consistently delivering high standards for the company, a full-time student, and a leader of various student organizations on campus, how do you juggle your busy schedule?
“Each morning as I’m getting ready for the day, I go over my schedule and plan out my day. I visualize all the possible scenarios that can arise and how I will overcome each obstacle. This process of visualization enables me to prepare for any surprises throughout the day. I make sure I am very discipline with my time management. I have a physical and digital schedule to help keep me on track. When I’m on the go, I use my digital schedule on my phone and once I get to a stop, I use my physical one that has all my tasks written out. I make sure to get the most done during each task and not spread myself too thin so I’m not letting anything fall through the cracks.”
When you wake up in the morning, what goes through your mind?
“I tell myself positive affirmations such as “You got this! No one can determine your future but you, only you can pave the way to your future.””
What are stereotypes you have encountered as a female in the business world?
“Society has conditioned women to think we have to be submissive and only males can be the dominate one in an organization. But this is not always the right way. For every ‘alpha’ for the pack, there’s always a ‘luna’. A ‘luna’ is a female alpha. She brings structure and every organization needs structure to succeed.”
Who do you look up for inspiration?
“I look up to my mom. She is a single mom who has raised my brother and myself to be independent. As a teacher for 19 years, she taught us a lot about diversity and always encourages us to learn about new cultures and experiences.”
What advice do you have for all females looking to make a name for herself in the world?
“As a female we will be tested each day. We might have to work 10X harder, but do not let your gender, age, or circumstance stop you. Use this as motivation to rise above. Do it! Prove it to yourself and society wrong. You will feel better knowing you did it and you will be a role model for everyone after you.”
What have you learned since being in the business world and working with Trust Group?
“System do not fail people, people fail system. Must have a good system in line to ensure success. Continue to seek inputs from veterans to improve, we are never too old or too successful to learn something new.”