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DaVida Anderson

DaVida Anderson


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DaVida's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Ph.D.Student/Executive Director

I help students/staff develop into their best versions of themselves.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    William Penn Sr./West Lafayette Sr.

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    Purdue University-Main Campus

  • Graduate Degree

    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

    Loyola University-Chicago

  • Doctorate

    Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

    University of Iowa

  • Certification

    Medication Aide

    Northwestern University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Chief Executives:

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science and Government, General

Graduate Degree: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

Doctorate: Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

Certification: Medication Aide

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Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    We all face criticism from others and maybe even ourselves about our choices and aspirations. Some of it's well-meaning, while some of it is just negative noise. We can grow from both. However, in both instances, we have to remain focused on our goal(s).

  • How I responded:

    It's important to stay focused on your goal(s) so don’t just follow money, but follow your passion and the rest will fall into place. Helping people develop into their best selves is more rewarding. Don't be concerned about interruptions in your journey. Each professional experience has helped to inform my present profession. You will obtain multiple transferable skills that will help you to become successful. Never turn down an opportunity to become your best self...go where you can grow!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Financial security is often a dilemma while pursuing educational goals. I knew that I couldn't add to my current educational debt that was accumulated during undergrad/master degrees. Becoming an ACT Scholar (Scholarship for Ph.D.) is a blessing.