Kemaea Goins will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies and a minor in Sociology with a certificate in Racial Understanding. Goins says she’s always loved history but growing up she didn’t feel like she had an opportunity to learn about African American historical achievements from all over the world. In the fall 2016, she enrolled at Fresno State and was eager and excited to represent her community in a higher education institution. She decided to study Africana Studies and use the information to further her understanding of different groups of people. 

“My major has allowed me to learn diversity awareness, critical thinking skills, racial understanding, cross-cultural awareness in all different fields and much more,” Goins said. 

She shared her academic experience with us in a Q&A

What is your career goal? 

I have always wanted to give back to my community in any way I could through my career. After years of deciding, I ultimately know I want to become a social worker and receive my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certificate so that I can have a clinical therapist license as well. I’d like to start working with Child Protective Services while working on that license. After I retire from therapy, I would love to teach social work at a college level. There are so many options in this field. 

What do you think about the COSS and its professors?

I love my department, it’s so welcoming and I have always had an easy time with advisors. Everyone really works to put students first and whenever I had an issue it was always addressed quickly and professionally. The professors are always challenging and have prepared me for graduate studies, which I appreciate since that is my next goal. I have a great relationship with all the people in the department that have instructed me over the years. 

Did you experience any challenges as a student?

I have been tested financially, emotionally, and physically but through the years I’ve learned that there are people who will help you if you seek assistance. That has helped me prevail despite the difficulties I have faced. 

What is your most memorable experience at Fresno State?

My most memorable moment at Fresno State was joining my sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Since joining, I became President and we have done so much service on campus and for our community. My favorite projects include making sandwiches for the homeless population and passing them out ourselves in Tent City and our clothing drive for the Poverello House, which serves the homeless population.

How do you feel about being recognized as an outstanding student?

I feel honored to be recognized as an outstanding student. I pride myself in taking my scholarship seriously. I have always been a school-first person without recognition, so it’s amazing to be noticed. 

How do you think COSS prepared you for the future?

I think COSS has prepared me for my future because it allowed me to network, I know exactly what I need to do to apply for the graduate program I want to attend and I know who I can go to for resources like recommendations and internships. This is detrimental to the success of a student post-undergraduate. 

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

In 10 years I see myself with my LCSW providing therapy to family and children who need emotional and mental support. 

What is your advice for other students?

Do not be afraid to speak up and ask for what you need. The staff and professors are there to assist us in furthering ourselves but we must utilize those services.

Goins is grateful for all of the support she’s received during her academic journey at Fresno State.  “Thank you to all the professors in the Africana Studies Department, you have made my college experience worthwhile.”