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), http://mika-nicole.blogspot.com/

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