Gallup Study Tries To Compare HBCU & PWI Experiences

Oh, the beloved HBCU versus PWI experience debate.

Never did I think a research company would go so far as to analytically compare the two, but alas, here we are. 

According to a new report released by Gallup, graduates from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have a “higher sense of well-being” compared to those black graduates who attended predominantly white institutions. (PWIs)

The data shows that out of the five points of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical) those students who attended HBCUs ranked higher (just by a few points) by their peers who attended PWIs.

But here’s where I see a problem in these data findings: Gallup polled a total of *55,812 adults who received degrees between 1940 and 2015, but this specific report included 1,758 graduates from PWIs and only 520 graduates from HBCUs. I don’t know much about algebra, but with that initial sample, there were already going to be very skewed results.

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Wisdom Wednesday: You Can Change.

“These are the times of your life, don’t you know who you are?
You can be anything you make up on your mind.
Don’t feel bad about your past, it made you who you are
You can change anything, and you can start today.”
– ‘You Can Change’, Purple Wondaluv

After three months and twenty eight days, I’m happy to report that Operation #HireChasity has officially come to an end.

And while I’m grateful and excited for this new opportunity, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this unique experience I’ve had these last three in a half months.

When I lost my job in July, I knew that finding another position would take some time, but it was the ultimate goal. I’ve never been one to not be picky or to settle easily, so I was quite choosy with which things to dedicate my time and energy to. I started to write more, connect with new and trusted mentors, and just enjoy the time that I had to test the waters of what it would be like being a creative full-time.
I’ll keep it 💯 – the life of an entrepreneur is far from glamorous. Yes, it may seem like you have all the time in the world and you’re doing what you love and enjoy, but to be successful at this #TrepLife takes discipline, focus and patience – all traits that I know I am constantly working on improving within myself.

I’ve grown a hell of a lot in these last three months, and I’m so grateful for it.

And while I may have chosen to extend my talents in a new direction, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to negate my personal obligation to fuel my passion in empowering my generation to be a better version of themselves.

One lesson that I will undoubtedly take with me into this next chapter is this: your family, friends, associates and even strangers will all have their own perfect vision for how you should live your life. But truthfully, their opinions must sometimes (if not all) respectfully and lovingly take a back seat. YOU are the main character in your story, so don’t feel bad if you must go left when everyone else wants you to go right. You have everything you need to determine what happens next in your life, so be selfish in what you want and work hard to make it happen. Make yourself proud, and be prepared to kick some serious ass in order to make those dreams come true.

2015 has taught me to confidently go in the direction of my dreams, accept the plot twists that life throws my way and believe that the next chapter, the next opportunity, the next experience is always going to be than the last.

To those who have encouraged me, kept me lifted and prayed with and for me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are greatly appreciated.

This next chapter is going to be amazing – I’m claiming that here and now.

Carpe Diem,

Four Years & Counting...

Four Years and Counting…

Why hello there, lovely one! Did you miss me? 

I’ll be honest – after 17 days of not blogging, it was a little difficult to log-on and start writing. I’ve been so busy in the last few weeks (Operation #HireChasity is still very real) that I never really had time to prepare myself for the return. But better late than never, right?

All week long, I’ve been asking myself a million questions, but certain ones have been on repeat like your favorite song:

  • What do I talk about?
  • Do I share what I did during the hiatus, or why I took it in the first place?
  • Is anyone still interested in what I have to say?
  • Where do I go from here? 

And trust me, those were some the hardest questions I’ve had to ask myself in all my four years of blogging.

But I had truthfully reached a point where I felt as though I was blogging just to blog. And when you start to do something just to do it, you’re ultimately losing your passion and neglecting the reason why you’re doing it in the first place.

So with the seasons in the midst of changing, I’ve decided that it’s time to move forward with focus and purpose.

It’s no secret that I love to write. In the last few months as most of you all have peeped, I’ve been cranking out content for an amazing new platform called Slant News. I’ve never considered myself a journalist, but being a product of Newhouse, I was taught to do a little bit of everything. ;-)

I’ve been challenged to produce content quickly and succinctly, all the while reporting the news at an angle that is sometimes much different than my own. This experience has truly sharpened my writing, and allowed me to share important information to a much larger audience which I’m truly grateful for. It’s also reignited my fire for sharing stories here on my personal platform, and empowering my generation to do the same.

Now, back to the blog. Will there be a few changes in the next few months? Perhaps – because change is always good. However, it’s still going to be Chasity doing it for the 99 and the 2000 as always, just this time with some glitter and sprinkles and maybe a strobe light or two.

So thank you for rocking with me for the last four years consistently. I hope you all keep rolling with me as begin a new chapter in my blogging journey.

With love,



Greater Is Coming. (HIATUS)

Happy Monday kiddos.

They say there’s a first time for everything.

For the first time in my almost four-year blogging career, I’m going on hiatus. At this particular time,  I need to take a step back and re-evaluate my current landscape, and how I want to move forward purposefully professionally and personally. As most of you know, this summer has been quite the wild ride, so I want to take time to adequately plan ahead for the final quarter of 2015 and beyond. The theme for this year has been to #Manifest, and I firmly believe that this break will allow me to re-focus and prepare for the greater that is coming.

I’ve always appreciated you all for allowing me to be completely transparent on this platform, so I thank you in advance for your patience and support.

Of course, you can still catch me cutting the occasional rug on Twitter, but for the next two weeks there will be no new posts from the blog.

I look forward to sharing with you all some exciting new things!

Until then, be well.



#WisdomWednesday ‘Practice What You Preach’ Periscope Re-cap

Happy Wednesday!

For those of you who weren’t able to join me for this afternoon’s Wisdom Wednesday Periscope chat, I’ve shared the points I covered below.

Also, for a limited time, you can watch the broadcast by clicking here.

Many thanks to everyone who joined me today!


Six Ways Millennials Can Practice What They Preach

1. Don’t let comparison steal your joy!

2. Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible with your methods.

3. Recognize your weaknesses and figure our how your strengths can help you improve them.

4. Show your work! (Literally, and read the book!)

5. Celebrate small victories.

6. Don’t let fear hold you back.

*Bonus: Be resourceful! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I hope that you find this helpful! Until next time!