Name: LaToya Morrow Position: Director of Alumni Services & Scholars
What was your first paying job?
My first paying job was with Hearthstone Place Senior Living Community. Earned my C.N.A. License at the age of 16 and worked in a nursing home facility after school through graduation. I was the youngest to earn a perfect score on the exam and to earn my license in the state of Kentucky. I loved the job! It taught me a lot about the cultural ideologies of a generation of people whom did not share the same views I did because of the difference in my skin color. Being able to serve the elderly population in rural southern Kentucky matured me and helped shape my career path in helping people. I made a whopping $9.00/hr.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
To always be ready and willing to learn at any cost necessary. My director was Dr. Wade and she told me learning information and being a life learner are two different things. The learner of information does not value the process, method, nor sharing of knowledge; they just want the info they need to get a certain grade, job, or title…But the life learner is the most important of the professional because their progressive mindset will give them many more tools in their arsenal to combat ignorance and stagnation in the world most typically the workplace. By adopting that mindset, I have been privileged to have learned from people of all walks of life and my life has been made richer because of it.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
The best advice I was ever given came from a poster my father gave me at age 16 years old. On the back of it, he wrote, “memorize, commit to living out every word and you will serve this world well!” It was a poem by Mother Teresa that goes as follows:
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
I have never regretted mastering responding to negative situations with this poem’s words always playing in my heart.