What’s up! I am Sharise Kent and for over 15 years I’ve been motivating, guiding, coaching and empowering students to academic and career success. I started my career in college admissions where I spent 10 years working for six colleges (public and private) in four different states. I transitioned from helping high school students find and get into college, to spending five years helping college students find internships and launch their careers.
I grew tired of seeing college students graduate with massive student loan debt and no clue on how to go from college student to career success. That is how this blog was born. I need you to know that it is possible (despite the stats) to get a degree in four-years, do multiple internships and still enjoy school and dump (or avoid) student loan debt quickly. I share what you want to hear and what you don’t want to hear, but it is always from a position of wanting nothing but the best for you.
As a first-generation college student I learned a lot of things by trial and error. I graduated in four-years despite being a transfer student. I had a natural curiosity that pushed me to complete eight internships. In addition to my internships I also worked like 10 jobs (no really I worked like 10 jobs in college) including at a movie theatre, multiple retail clothing stores, a hardware store, youth recreation center, hospital receptionist, I sold cell phones and did a stint at Wegmans. I still managed to have friends, have fun and be involved on campus.
When I graduated college, I had multiple job offers because I worked my butt off to position myself for success. I want the same for you.
After my first two-years in college admissions, I quit my job and went to graduate school full-time. Graduate school is how I ended up in Maryland. Along the way, I met a cute dude who eventually became my husband and we had a cute baby. My three-year old thinks he is the world greatest drummer, no really, you see his drumsticks in the pic don’t you?
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- I am a New Yorker! Born and raised in Rochester #ROC
- Author, internship expert, blogger… favorite title is Mommy
- Fav Player: Kobe Bryant … yes I’m super sad he’s retiring
- Fav Song of the Moment: You Make Me Brave (Amanda Cook/Bethel Music)
- Fav Book: The Millionaire Next-Door, Thomas Stanley
- Latest Hobby: Cooking
Sharise Kent has been motivating, guiding and coaching millennials to academic and career success for nearly 15 years. She teaches high school and college students her four-year formula on how to get from college to career successfully. Her message is about getting a degree in four-years, doing multiple internships and dumping student loan debt quickly.
Sharise is on a mission to educate and empower the millennial generation to take charge of their careers, finances and futures so they are equipped to become generous givers that can impact the world. Her courses and coaching are not just about helping new grads “do college” successfully, but the discovery and pursuit of passion and purpose.
As the previous Senior Manager for a national college internship program she oversaw the placement of over 400 interns with major companies including AMC Networks, CBS, ESPN, HBO, the National Basketball Association, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Verizon and Viacom Media Networks. In less than five years under her leadership, the internship program grew by over 50%. In that same time, she launched a full-time placement and career development department to assist recent graduates with developing career skills and finding full-time job opportunities and provide top-notch talent to companies looking to fill openings. She has traveled the country recruiting, coaching, mentoring and speaking on college campuses engaging audiences with her compassionate, caring, but real and down to earth style.
Sharise began her career began as a college admissions professional working for both private and public universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Her passion and interest for hands on learning pushed her to complete eight internships between her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She details her own internships experiences and those of her students in her book, The Internship Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Internship of Your Dreams.
She holds a B.S. in Communications-Public Relations from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University. Sharise and her husband live in Maryland with their son.