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Scholarships for College

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (-1)

To all parents and students,

Finding money for college is not easy. It is time consuming and requires you to be persistent and consistent. 

In Tennessee you can go to certain colleges for the first 2 years for free if you qualify. Many students and parents hear about all the scholarships available, but only a few will actually apply.

So the questions is

What are you going to do?

Are you going to wait until the last minute and see if you get lucky?

Are you going to procrastinate?

Will you until you find out you aren't eligible for free financial aid because your parents may make too much?

Don't set yourself of for failure!!!

Let me know your thoughts!!!

Dr. Jada

Got Issues?

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Got Issues? 

Many of us know that all of us have issues. Personal struggles that we seem to not be able to solve. So I would like your input. Whether you want to tell me an issue of a dear friend or your personal issue you struggle with. I am working on a project that should help people with their issues. Post here or email me at

When we have struggled with an issue and we can't seem to find the solution, the first thing we do is call our friends who also has isuues instead of seeking a wiser more experienced person who has learned how to solve their own issues. So this blog will be dedicated to helping people solve their issues.

All issues submitters names will be changed to protect people's privacy.

From Texas: My friend's Issue:

I have a friend that is also my cousin. She was married and decided to divorce her husband and begin living the person she had an affair with who is a female. She realized that is was a very troubled situation for her and she left that person she was having an affair with. I begin to help her gain her confidence back. She was doing well, making good choices. Then all of a sudden she went back to the destructive relationship.Now she is mean, argumentative, making even more bad choices and tries to draw me into to her drama filled life.

I cannot support her in these types of decisions and be drawn into a drama fillled life of bad choices and conversations. It is too draining for me. I have been avoiding her calls and ignoring her messages. I was wondering if I should tell her that I can no longer be her support system. Or should I just continue to ignore her.

My Answer:

From Texas It is unfortunate that your friend has decided to return to an unhealthy relationship. I see that your friend has many issues, but I want to help you with your issue. It is good that you have realized that bad company causes drama filled lives. You are wise to not want to fill your mind and thoughts will negativity and destructive conversations with your friend/cousin. I understand it may be hard to cut your cousin off and not communicate. But it will be good to tell her why you are not going to communicate with her anymore. It may help her realize she is going in the wrong direction. Sometimes whe have to let our family and friends know that there are professionals who are trained at dealilng with these types of issues. Some people need a psychologist to sort through the reasons they keep doing the same things and causing problems in their live. but many people try to use their friends as the sounding board and psychologist. I once had a friend that stated, I don't get paid to listen to your drama, you shoul use your health insurance an hire a psychologist to listen to that stuff.

In the community of people of color, we shy away from getting the help we need. A source that I use is the Bible. It has solutions for every problem in your life. Many people don't realize that the same problems we are having now were solved in Biblical days. If we just take that time to apply them to our life we would make or live much easier.

So just a word to encourage you:

Philippians 4:8 Contemporary English Version (CEV)


8 Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.

Youth Help

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)
I was asked what do I recommend we do to help in our city. This is my response: My initial thought is planning something that gives people purpose and help them move to a better plan for their future. It is one thing just to mobilize people for fun or a cause but another thing to help them make a plan to change their circumstances. Create a job for them show them how to acquire one, motivate them to plan for a career or college but it needs to be transformational and not just a moment to hang out. Does that make sense? Everyone can help a group of young people find a positive purpose and plan to transform their lives. Find your group help change a life where you are. #EmpowerMotivateVote and #EducateAYoungMind

What do you need to know?

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Many times when we look or help. We ask questions about what to do, but we don't actually engage in completing the tasks needed to get the job done. Let's focus on getting things done. Many people procrastinate in high school thinking they have time and will get things done later. But when the senior year hits, there are so many things that compete for your time. It would be smart of families to start planning and acting on the steps needed to get their child ready for college in middle school. Yes you may get in college some where, but is it the place you really wanted to attend? Let's be PROACTIVE and start early doing what we need to do to get the scholarships and the admissions applcations done to the colleges we want to attend.

Dr. Jada

High School Honor Society and Now College Remedial Classes??

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Jada

I am an 18 year old college freshman and I am frustrated. I was a national honors society member and I was on the honor roll every semester of high school. I had mostly honors classes and I completed pre-calculus. Why did I get a 17 on the ACT? Also, I am currently taking remedial math which does not count toward graduation. How does this happen? - Emma


Many students and parents assume that their school will give them everything they need to be successful. Many teachers assume that the book that district buys for classroom instruction will adequately prepare the students for the state test. However many students come to the classroom on different levels, therefore the teacher has to adjust the curriculum to accommodate the majority. Thus many students suffer with a dubbed down program to accommodate the masses. Also sometimes when you look at what is required to make an “A” a great portion of it is teacher pleasing: (make the teacher happy). Tests may be teacher generated and may not be rigorous enough and on level for ACT Preparation. So many students achieve a high gpa which is required to get into the National Honor Society but it has no correlation to the ACT curriculum. All across the country students not only in public schools, but private and charter/magnet schools are finding themselves in this same situation. Parents and students need to take ownership of what they learn and stop waiting for the teacher to be all and do all for you. Now that you have found yourself in this situation take advantage of the free tutoring services available at your college and set a goal for yourself to increase your academic levels in all areas. Students that are still in high school buy an ACT Test prep book that will prepare you. Take an ACT prep course every year beginning in the 6th grade. If you want a high score on the ACT you need to take charge of your study plan and work on it weekly. Begin taking the test the summer of your 7th grade to begin getting familiar with the test, but do not send it to any school. ACT has published two articles that are intended for Educators, but I think parents and students that want to take ownership of what they learn should read and use. The first one is The Nonnegotiable Knowledge and Skills Needed by All Eighth-Grade Students and Curriculum Review Worksheets. These two documents tell you the exact skills required by 8th grade to make the score you want on the ACT.


Athletes' and College Achievement

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I am wondering about sports in college. Are most athletes’ good students or is it hard to play a sport and get good grades? - Melanie

I am glad you are trying to determine how it will impact your success in college. Any extracurricular activity in college will require learning time management. So whether you are an athlete, cheerleader, or majorette, it will require you to put yourself on a study plan to be successful. As an athlete you travel a good portion of the time and you still will be required to be turn in all assignments in all of your classes. Many schools provide tutors to the athletes so that they will have support. Athletes require persistence and commitment to maintain high grades.

Money for College: Finding Money Early

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Jada:

My parents have told me that I do not have a college fund and I will not likely qualify for financial aid. Most schools in Illinois are 20 thousand dollars a year and up. I am 16, what can I do in the next 2 1/2 years to fund my college education? - J.S.

There are several things you can do. First you need to begin building your scholarship database. You did not indicate your grade point average, so you need to determine your strengths and find scholarships that consider those strengths. You can earn scholarships based on your grades, talents, volunteer service and leadership ability.

You can also get a job and begin saving money. Consider a Cooperative (Co-op) Education program. Many colleges offer Co-op programs where you attend college for two years and then you begin working with a company in your area of study on alternating semesters and they pay for your tuition. Another option is to pursue becoming a Resident Assistant or Advisor on the college dormitory this will waive your dormitory fees which can help reduce the cost of college. You can also find a job that has a tuition reimbursement program. If you are interested in the military consider the Coast Guard, they don’t participate in combat and they provide tuition for their enlistees. They also have an officers program that will pay you while you attend school. If you begin studying now you can try to make a high score on the ACT if you score of a 28 or higher you can get a full scholarship to many colleges. There are Scholarship books, and ACT prep books you can purchase that will help you prepare.


Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

What do colleges look for besides your ACT score? - Monique

Grades, type of classes, community service, leadership and extracurricular activities including church and work experience

If you’re doing well in high school, will you probably do well in college? - Denise

Not necessarily, students generally will have to learn effective study techniques. Most students experience shock their first semester of college.

I got a 21 on my practice ACT. It say I can only get as high as a 25. Is this true? -Tootie

You probably took the EXPLORE baseline assessment in the 8th or 9th grade, the highest score you can earn is a 25. If they told you that is the highest you will score, they are saying you need additional skills in certain areas to score higher.

Do you have any tips for preparing for the ACT? -Laura

I recommend you purchase an ACT prep book, develop a study plan, and start an ACT study group. If your family can afford it enroll in an ACT Prep class.


What’s the average ACT score you need to get into an Ivy league college? - Nadia

Generally scores must be 29 or higher composite score. Many Ivy League schools use Holistic Admissions. Students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways. There are over 4000 colleges and universities in the U.S. consider a wider variety than just the Ivy League colleges to attend.