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Geek Miss Val

Join the Miss V Geek Squad

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? There’s that F word again. I have had more views and responses to my last post  than all of my other posts combined. I’m assuming it’s because I showed vulnerability and posted my rap, which was decidedly out of my comfort zone; and THAT hit a central nerve with all of you. So my …

Drop the Mic

Drop Your Fear, Then Drop the Mic

I can’t remember the last time I got nervous to speak in front of people; and mainly because I always make mistakes, which I’ve learned only endears me more to my audience. But this time, I literally thought I was going to freeze like a “deer in headlights” or throw up. What actually happened? I honestly don’t remember. What I do know is that Valeri …

Social Media Frustration

My Smartphone & Social Media Status: It’s Complicated

As many of you know I am now actively posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, (I have a Snapchat account, but it’s just too much for me). The deeper I get involved the more complex my relationship with my smartphone and social media becomes. It can be engaging and distracting at the same time. It provides conversations that would otherwise be out of my grasp …

Sadique Bynum Mohawk - photo credit: Daily Bruin

The Power of a Mohawk

This past season I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received about our team. After NCAA’s a fan said to me, “You have the most Diverse team.” I looked at our team and realized he was right. “Yes, we’re like the United Nations.” Danusia: Jamaican and Polish, looks Black but has blond hair. Sadiqua: Black with a mohawk. Sophina: Puerta Rican and Black …

plant in hand

Building a Creative Forest One Seed at a Time

The past two years I have shifted into high gear to accomplish everything on my “bucket list” sooner than later because… we never know how many days we get. See Hamilton on Broadway. Check! Since witnessing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, I keep thinking… “How did he conceptualize such a unique and brilliant production?” What is my gift? Do I have that level of artistic gift in me …