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Camesha Hill-Carter, Ed.D.

Camesha Hill-Carter, Ed.D.

What I do now: Currently, I am an award-winning professional speaker and an award-winning author.

My work/job consists of: Helping individuals in schools, businesses and organizations reach their full potential and live their destiny now through my products and services.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I have been in Education/Counseling for more than 20 years. I began to do workshops and seminars - and loved it! So, I created my own materials and Camesha Carter Enterprises was born. 

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):  After losing my scholarship to Mississippi Valley State due to motherhood and staying home with my new baby and older son, Patrick, I needed a new direction. LSUS was the only university in the Shreveport area that could accommodate my degree choice and my credit hour transfer. LSUS was also affordable.

Fond memories of LSUS: I have so many fond memories at LSUS. My favorite memory is being inducted into the Pi Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Merrell Knighten was AWESOME! He was a matter-of-fact person who told it straight from the hip. He said that my writing was not atrocious; it was my grammar! Even though the comment pierced me like a dull knife to the chest, it caused me to begin a quest to improve my grammar practices.

How LSUS helped me succeed: LSUS was a foundation for my future. It was the first step in getting me the credentials I needed to enter a profession that is known for having a tough playing field. LSUS helped me with the art of negotiation and follow-up. There were many times that I had to talk with deans and the provost in order to reach my goals. Often, those conversations became difficult, but through perseverance I was able to gain a win-win situation that benefited all involved.

Advice to college-bound students: GET THE DEGREE! Where you are today may not be where you will be 20 years from now. Our society is more information-based than manual labor-based. The future belongs to those who can learn, unlearn and relearn, so start now - start here!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Become an expert in your field. Join Toastmasters to learn how to speak and communicate effectively. This will open the door to limitless possibilities.

Tips on choosing a major or career: Go with your heart. Gone are the days when you have to work in a certain field to provide a substantive income. Once you discover your passion, your purpose will illuminate itself. Then, and only then, can you change the world in which you live.

My toughest professional challenge: At this point of my life, I really don't sweat the small or the big stuff. God has me covered and I give him all of my problems. Always remember - better is coming!

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: Being a mother of two great sons, Patrick and Hardy. I have a lot of awards and honors. Currently, I have been honored to have my book placed in the Shreve and Noel Memorial Libraries. I am honored to be a Louisiana Author. Right now, that is uber exciting!!!!

I've learned this from life: I have learned that there is no failure. Even on the premises of making a mistake or the consequences of my behavior or someone else's behavior, life lessons are learned. We respond to the repercussions of our parents' or guardian's reactions to the mistake, not knowing that those mistakes were made due to lack of knowledge or taking a risk. As we get older, we learn that lack of knowledge or taking a risk can inspire us to learn more or live more. So, learning more and living more are the choices that I choose at this point of my life.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: Loving my family and friends - because life is too short not to have people around you who you genuinely love and that you love back.

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