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This week in the She’s Trending interview corner we have Kendra Abercrombie. This young woman is deeply involved in her community. Kendra is an admissions counselor and recruiter that strives to one day become a dean of admissions by helping students find their passion and voice in the world.
Q: Who is Kendra Abercrombie, what do you and why?
A: Kendra Abercrombie is a young girl from South Carolina trying to live a dream that she set out for herself when she was a little girl. I am an admissions counselor and recruiter. I do this because it’s a way for me to stay involved, while connecting with students.
Q: Where are you from and how did you end up Phoenix, Arizona?
A: I’m from Greenville, South Carolina. I ended up in Phoenix because of law school.
Q: Tell us about your childhood?
A: As a child I wanted to take care of my family. I wanted to find something where I was advancing the community and fighting for justice, especially for minorities. As I got older I slowly began to find my voice, which helped me to be able to assist students gain access to law school.
Q: Even though you’re pretty young and still figuring things out, what have been some major milestones for you? Is there a specific person that was there for you?
A: Staying focused. At one point, I didn’t want to go to law school and even felt like dropping out. I knew that wasn’t an option, so I had refocus and remember why I began on this journey. The bar exam will definitely be a milestone for me, because it’s the only thing standing between me and being a licensed attorney. A person that has been there for me through both of these milestones is my friend Stan. He has been supportive throughout law school and definitely always pushing me when it comes to staying focused and the bar exam.
Q: You’re a professional in the legal field, which is definitely a testament to your character. What are some misconceptions that you hear, and how do you flip the script?
A: People always think that I am an assistant. People don’t necessarily give me the respect I deserve. Men misread my confidence for my arrogance at times. I typically ignore these misconceptions and focus on the bigger picture at the end of the day. I always remember why I am here which always keeps me motivated.
Q: How do you stay true to yourself and style, without conforming to the mold?
A: I always remember to stay grounded. I remind myself of the low times in life, when I was once living on a friends couch. I always remember where was at before things started happening for me in my life and remember how far i’ve come from that position.
Q: Countryside vs. City?
A: I like the countryside. People are some much nicer. People don’t look at you weird. People are a lot of more respectable.
Q: Tea vs. Coffee?
A: Chai tea! Every morning I get chai tea lattes from Starbucks. I started this at the end of my 1L year in law school.
Q: Jogging vs. Hiking?
A: Jogging. I actually run now to lose weight. I am afraid of heights. The last hiking trail I was at was in Tolleson, AZ.
Impact Your Community
Q: In your role as an admissions counselor and recruiter at Arizona Summit Law School, you’re definitely involved in the lives of students. What are some issues that you constantly see affecting students?
A: People freak out about moving across country to Phoenix, anything new or different is scary, and a move like this definitely affects students. Another issue for law school students is there can always only be one number in the class, and most law school students are use to being number one and when they aren’t they have to change their perspective on things.
Q: What we can do as a community to address some of these issues?
A: People can offer more groups and events to make people feel like they are not alone.
Q: Who are some of the influencers that are changing the game and that you look up to?
A: Baltimore Prosecutor. Marilyn Moseley. She is one of the most ideal people for any black young female to look up to. She could’ve folded under pressure, however she remains on top by being herself and truly fighting for what she believes in. As a female, black attorney, she’s definitely someone who I aspire to become in the future. Also, Gabrielle Union, in her show being Mary Jane, It shows the aspect of an everyday black woman that deals with everyday issues that women can relate to. For instance, not having any kids, helping out family, feeling stressed at work, being single etc.
Q: How can we help you and spread the word about what you’re doing?
A: Platforms like She's Trending are great because it gives women the chance to speak up. It is gratifying that someone took a chance to step out and make it happen.
Q: What’s next for you in the future?
A: Passing the bar, Dean of Admissions.
Q: What’s the best way to get in contact with you?
A: LinkedIn and personal email at email@example.com
Q: With all of our interviews, we like to sign off by saying thank you! We know you’re trending, which is why we chose you to be one of our featured guests. In honor of our tradition, we would like you to finish the sentence…I’m trending because…
A: I’m trending because I’m young, and I am taking the world by storm!