Mabinty Quarshie

Mabinty Quarshie

Mabinty Quarshie

What work are you doing now?

Currently, I'm completing my master's degree in journalism at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies and interning full time at National Public Radio. I will finish in May 2016 and hope to become a political reporter covering Capitol Hill. In the past I've interned at places such as NBC’s Meet the Press, the American Association of University Women, and the multi-racial civil rights organization Advancement Project.

What do you like about it?

At the places I worked, I've focused on using social media to engage audiences and potential supporters. And I love it. Social media allows underrepresented communities to be unabashedly vocal. Working with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, I think of strategies to build online communities. While doing this, I'm also working on sharpening my writing, tightening up my syntax, and making my work more accessible. I'm becoming a better writer and communicator who is also adaptable to online and digital spaces.

How did your degree in the college prepare you to do this work?

I think I've been better able to adjust to my current opportunities because my English degree and minors in women and gender studies and in African and African American studies prepared me to think critically. I know how to voice my opinions in a sophisticated way about injustices I see. I'm constantly thinking of ways to be inclusive of communities that have not been historically treated with dignity and respect. My English degree, which strengthened my ability to write confidently, has provided a foundation for my master’s degree in journalism.

What advice would you give current students about developing their careers?

I spent a gap year between undergrad and grad school, which I would definitely recommend. It was a great opportunity to think about what I wanted to do. I also did several internships, which taught me the types of environment I want to work in and those I don’t. Also, never burn bridges when you leave a place. You never know how those connections can help you. And don't be afraid to ask for help. People are usually willing to help if you ask in a professional and appropriate way. If you keep a good attitude and you try your best, eventually, opportunities come up.