Shadae Carr Attends UMKC With Her Dad
Why did you choose UMKC?
It’s diverse and there are a lot of resources on campus. I liked that there were a lot of connections with the community. I’ve done a lot of volunteer work with The Whole Person, a local nonprofit, where I helped teach independent living skills for people with disabilities. UMKC connected me with AmeriCorps, where I teach and implement education and social skills to low-income preschoolers in the Kansas City area. I love doing this.
What are your lifelong goals?
I want to work for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in public health, epidemiology or education in disease prevention. I originally wanted to be a doctor, but epidemiology class was really interesting. I want to get married and have a family and a successful life. I want to motivate people to do whatever it is they want to do.
“I’m excited to meet people who are passionate about something. I love to hear them talk about it in a way that makes me feel how passionate they are.”
What’s it like attending college with your dad?
We’re scheduled to graduate together next May. He thought I’d be embarrassed by attending college together but I’m not! We don’t study together but we run into each other on campus, usually at the library.
How has college inspired you?
It has inspired me to make a change and get involved with the community.
Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?
I am a leader.
What excites you?
I’m excited to meet people who are passionate about something. I love to hear them talk about it in a way that makes me feel how passionate they are.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?
Believe in yourself.