I was on LinkedIn and noticed that you recently started a new job. Can you tell us about it?
I work for the City of Boston in the Mayor’s Office. I am on the advance team. That means I go to events that the Mayor will be attending to help make sure things run smoothly. I serve as a contact person and create briefs so the Mayor knows about each event and why he is there.
Is that related to your college major?
Yes, I graduated from Howard University with a degree in Strategic, Legal and Management Communications with a minor in Community Development.
Did you enjoy your time at Howard?
There is nothing like Howard. It was a great experience. You meet people from every city and state imaginable. You meet black people who grew up in places I did not know black people lived like Idaho and Iowa. I learned black culture is not one thing and different regions have their own flavor. Also, Howard has many notable alumni and I saw lots of those people during my four years on campus.
What did you think of living in Washington, D.C.?
I loved DC. It is a great city for young people although it’s a little expensive. It reminds me of Boston because it is easy to get around with public transportation.
Were there ways it was different from Boston?
The African Americans there seem to have higher incomes. I thought that was inspiring to see.
You ultimately chose to return to Boston after graduation. Why?
I needed a job to repay my loans. When I ran across my current job, I thought it was a great opportunity so I jumped on it. Plus, I am able to live with my family and save some money. I want to start building some wealth of my own.
Does Boston seem the same as when you left it?
There is so much development going on now. I feel like everything is being renovated and built so quickly. I actually hope to get my real estate license soon so I can have multiple streams of income.
Where does your interest in real estate come from?
I did have that Community Development minor in college. I am interested in housing and gentrification. I want to help provide affordable housing for everyone and I think the best step is having more education around home ownership.
I want to pivot to your Explore India experience, what do you remember about it?
India is in my head all the time. It taught me to not be wasteful, especially with food. It has made me think more about climate change and pollution. It made me want to help people and the environment.
Do you want to share any memorable stories or ones that make you laugh?
That night in the Thar Desert with my group was fun. I remember Amber, Daria, Ajaycia, pretty much the entire group, they were all nervous being outside in the dark. They wanted to stay up all night, but I was tired. We ended up talking all night long because they were afraid to sleep.
I also appreciated seeing both north and south India. The culture, customs and food were so different. Seeing that diversity within India was so cool.
Do you have any advice for a current Boys & Girls Club teens who are considering joining an Experiential Travel Program?
You never know when you will have a chance like this again so take advantage now. The experience and the memories will last a lifetime. It may even spark something in yourself that you never knew existed.
Thanks for catching up with us today Tyler!
No problem. I will connect you with my brother so you can do an alumni highlight on him too.
Thanks! I would love to talk with Tate and hear how things are going at Clark Atlanta. I hope to see you both at the Alumni Summer Social on July 25.
We will try to make it. Thanks.