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Interview Part 5: Angela’s Advice to the Young Generation of Women

To conclue would you like to share any words of advice with the young generation of women out there?

Angela: What I tell the kids often is to be aware that whoever they are has an impact in whatever circles they are in so to make sure that who they are being is a contribution to that community, whether it's at school or with their friends or at home. I tell them to be really mindful that if they're being really negative that it will have an effect on everybody else around them. They have the power to make the choice to either be compassionate, thoughtful and caring or to be disengaged, ungrateful etc. So it’s important for them to know that whatever they show makes a huge difference in their community. I feel like if I had known that when I was younger, even though I don't have any regrets about my life, I think I would've been so much more appreciative of some relationships and some opportunities that I took for granted.

Me: That is a really good thing to mention because it’s true, a lot of times we are not aware of the power and influence that we have the people around us and in our communities. A lot of times we come to that awareness maybe too late or for some people it never even happens. But I think that having that awareness when you’re young is only going to help you to keep evolving in a positive way. So many times we get caught up on our own lives and problems and we forget about the community.

Angela: Yes and we move in the world in communities, we are not just by ourselves. Alone time is important, but you're always involved in a community one way or another; whether it's in a family or in school, community or in a marriage, friends etc.

Me: Yes I agree. But that is all I have, thank you for answering all go of my questions it has been such an inspiration to learn from you and your story. I’m sure that a lot of people are going to appreciate how open and honest you have been throughout this conversation.

Angela: You are very welcomed. I am proud to be an American and to have landed in Raleigh out of all places. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to contribute to the expansion of diversity in this city and I do what I can to help.

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