Meet Paris Marie!
Paris is Dean of student services at the Cleveland Campus of a local college. Her passion for student learning and self-improvement is reflected in her work and personal life alike.
She is my sorority sister as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, which is how I met her several years ago. She is a young, passionate, hardworking woman who doesn’t stop short of achieving the goals that she has set for herself.
She is a committed advocate of community and youth empowerment, and is an active member of the ministry leadership at her church.
In her profession, she is responsible for the oversight of all student activities and student retention initiatives for campus.
Paris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron and Cleveland State University awarded her a master’s degree in education in 2007.
When she is not working she also enjoys traveling and photography.
Today Paris is sharing with us her personal struggle with conformation.
I have been my greatest struggle. It is said that at times people get in their own way. My struggle was conformation—to do or not to do. Personally and professionally there are expectations that are placed on us. The key for me was pushing myself closer to who I truly was internally, and being comfortable with me. I now strive to become the best version of myself daily.
To know me is to know I am a strong advocate of women—everywhere. Our courage, our strength, our resilience, our triumphs; women who realize their potential and dare to endeavor to push themselves beyond that potential completely, utterly, and totally, rock. Family and faith are the cornerstones of my life.
My early lessons in womanhood I owe to my great grandmother (God rest her soul. I miss her dearly.). My strength and ambition I owe to my mother. The admiration I have for them both fostered my drive, and my drive afforded me the positon I have in life today.
My ultimate motivator is God. Period. Point blank. The lessons life has taught me were crafted by His hands and those hands push me forward, daily.
Time with my great grandmother helped me define who I am, as a woman; her words, her thoughts, her teachings.
For other women who are struggling in the same way, I say go on a fishing expedition (or find time away) to find yourself. When you conform to please others, you lose you. Be you. Find you. Love you. And, always strive to become the best you.
A good woman knows God and herself, believes in herself, loves herself, continuously works to improve herself, and knows how to give of herself efficiently and effectively.
I was blessed to meet Paris some years back when she was in her early twenties and I was right around my mid twenties. Even then she had a plan. She is truly a beautiful person inside and out. She works hard, but she lays hard as well. A true example of finer womanhood.
I love to spotlight and feature real women with real struggles. Women who are being open and transparent about their struggles, how they are not letting those things define them. Instead they are defining their own “good”. To see more about why transparency is so important please Click here.
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