THIS WEEK THE GOLDBOX SPOTLIGHT is Keionna Turner. When I came back to Prairie View A&M University to finish my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, I met her in one of my classes in the College of Education the fall semester of 2017, fast forward to weeks after I crossed the stage at PVAMU, she went above and beyond checking on me & my family when I was hospitalized last May in Kansas City with Sepsis. She is a SPED concentration (Special Education) Teacher who is an Alumni of Praire View A&M Univerity, & now an Educator in El Paso, TX. Enjoy & thanks for your time again!

What is the best advice you can give to someone starting out?

The best advice I can give someone starting out is to step into the “unknown.” If you're comfortable your not growing but if you're going into to something you never did before you’ll start to see the unimaginable happen. From experience of going into various unknown situations something amazing has always come out of and end. I became a new version of myself I didn’t see coming. So my advice would be to just “go for it.”

What things inspire your process?

Hmm, things that inspire my process are for one myself. I want to see the best version of ME. I’m my biggest critique and I used to stay in my head a lot thinking negative about my self and seeking my validation/worth from others. Now I’m becoming more in tune with who I am. I have come a long way in my darkest times & I have always found ways to uplift myself. I listen to inspirational podcasts, i’m trying out yoga, I’m journaling, meeting new people and learning from them,

Who are three people you look up to or inspire you?

My parents because they have come a long way together and truly gave me & my siblings a life they didn’t have growing up in Compton, California. I know what it looks like to see two people who have worked hard and always put their family first. This inspires me when I have my own family one day to do the same.

My sister, I love this woman she is my spirit animal. My sister inspired me because she never been afraid to step in the “unknown”. If it’s anyone who takes risks in life it’s my sister. I learned so much just by observing her character. She is strong-minded, ambitious, and independent. She holds her self down. This is a type of woman I am aspiring to one day be like.

Just to spice it up a bit I gotta add my favorite Youtuber @UloveMegz to the list. She is known for her hair and makeup videos. I have kept up with her since I was 14 years old. I watched her grow she’s one of the first to do it for Black Women on YouTube. She is authentic, not afraid to be her self and show off every piece of her inside and out on YouTube, it’s raw and uncut. I aspire to do my own thang on YouTube.

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