Naturally Surviving: Emmanuel

Name: C. Emmanuel Little

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, UGA

Year In Program: Year 5 (began in fall 2013)

Where can people find you (website, social media, etc.):

Favorite Quote: “A wise man speaks when he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something.” – Plato (always stuck with me; had it as my email sig until very recently

Anything else you would like to add: I’m also from/ currently live in central Georgia and am married with a two-year-old daughter.


  • Don’t be like me, be better than me.
  • Put family first: If this job or degree went away, what would you have left? I’m not an island. I have people who have sacrificed for me….and remembering that helps keep me grounded
  • Think like a faculty person instead of always as a practitioner
  • Find community to share your experiences, your struggles, what’s to come instead of suffering quietly



The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration  (By: Isabel Wilkerson)


Naturally Surviving: Mika

Name: Shamika (Mika) N. Karikari

Program: Student Affairs in Higher Education Ph.D. program at Miami University

Year In Program: 3rd year

Where Can We Find You: @MikaKarikari (Twitter),

Words To Live By: “When I dare to be powerful, to exercise my strength in the service of my visions then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid- Audre Lorde


  • Have an accountability partner who will check in with you about your progress.
  • Ex. When you leave work at 5, can you call me and ask me what I’ve read today?
  • You’re not bothering people or burdening them, most people want to help you
  • Understand why you want to pursue a Ph.D. before pursuing it.
  • Be courageous enough to go after what you want during your process


Book: Present Over Perfect By Shauna Niequist

Podcast: This American Life

Self-Care:  Baking

Naturally Surviving: Jillian

Name: Dr. Jillian A. Martin

Program: Ph.D. College Student Affairs Administration

Words of Wisdom:

Read other writers to learn how to write and to help you find your own voice.

Be true to yourself during the process.

Create your own process.

Write every day.

Get a writing partner.

Make yourself a Ph.D. playlist




The Artist’s Way By Julia Cameron

Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Color Purple By Alice Walker

What I Know For Sure Oprah

The Charleston’s Syllabus 


The Read


Tim Ferris

The Barbershop Mentality


Jillian’s PhD Playlist on Spotifyy

I’m Getting Ready By Tasha Cobb Leonard

Your Spirit  By Tasha Cobb Leonard and Kierra Sheard

Lady Mamarlade By Pattie Labelle 

Naturally Surviving: Lauren

Name: Lauren Harper

Program: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Year In Program: 3rd

Where can people find you (website, social media, etc.): Facebook is your best bet! You can find me under Lauren Simone Harper

Words of advice/helpful information: I hope you either hear yourself or hear what you need and that this launches you closer to who you’re destined to be.

Anything else you would like to add: Thank you Dr. Lacy for your steadfast commitment to Black women and the Black scholar community. It’s been an honor to know you, work with you, and call you my sista-scholar!

How To Write A Research Question

First, figure out:

Topic: What is the general thing you want to talk about?

Problem: What issue will you research address?

Purpose: What will be the point of your research project and how does it connect to the problem?

Once you know those two things, then you can write your main research question. Some other things that you can do to figure out your first question:

  1. Get all of the thoughts out of your head. Take a brain dump, either writing, talking to someone, or recording yourself. You want to say or write everything that you are thinking in relation to your topic. This will help get clear and to focus down on your topic.
  2. Read existing literature. You have to know what has already been done regarding your topic. What have other people found? If there is nothing, what does that mean? WARNING: Please don’t get stuck here. Using reading as an excuse will hinder your progress. [CONNECT ARTICLE]
  3. What is your time frame and capacity with this project? How much time do you have? Is this a project that you can do alone or will you need others? There is more time to do more research projects, however, let’s get this one done first.

Need help writing your research question? Share it in the comments or email me at and I’ll give you feedback on it.

Naturally Surviving: TJ

Program: College Student Affairs Administration at UGA
Year In Program: 2nd
Where can people find you (website, social media, etc.): I am TerahJay on any and all social media where I want to be found haha! (Twitter, IG) and
Words of advice/helpful information:
It’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.