Aiken was the third highest earner from the A-Team Scholars Class of 2019, leaving the program with ~$2,240 to use towards her college tuition. Now entering her junior year at University of Memphis, Aiken is ready to use her internship experience and work ethic to become a leader. We sat down with the South Side-raised student to hear about life after A-Team. Click "Read More" to see the full story!
Earning in the A-Team
The Ultimate Self-Motivator
But for the A-Team Scholar, the money was never her focus. "I stopped thinking about the money because it wasn't a constant thing, and I didn't see that connection directly. It was never on the front of my mind since I'm self motivated, so I like to do things myself and if the outcome is good (a.k.a getting money for good grades), then that's as plus," said Aiken.
But when COVID-19 hit and students were sent home, Aiken felt more motivated than ever. With all of her schoolwork now online for safety precautions, she decided it was time to make some changes for her own career path.
Exploring as a Leader
For the FedEx internship, Aiken is mostly doing internal auditing. She states, "It's a bracket of consulting, so really it's just a mix of everything and I'm always involved. There's never one set plan for the job." Being able to adapt both in school during the pandemic and in her everyday work shows that Aiken's motivation is consistent. Thinking about her future, the University of Memphis students exclaims,
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