2015 Hiatus Recap: Masters Degree and Volunteering

Over the years I started my masters degree twice. Sometimes it’s hard figuring out what direction you want to go with your life and career. But while being in the company of  amazing, intelligent, motivated friends and associates I became inspired to go back to school (again), to strive to be and do better for myself. So I started a Masters in Legal Studies program at Arizona State University (ASU). This was a blessing in disguise, because it revealed a passion in me that I never knew I had and that is the love for Law.

During 2015, I became very active in community, social, and legal events/activities. I enrolled in the Gilbert Citizen Police Academy course and became apart of their Gilbert Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (GCPAAA). If your city has a course available, I totally recommend it.

I took a Human Trafficking Law class and it ignited a strong compassion for individuals of human and sex trafficking. I had an amazing professor, Sarah Buel, that gave me an opportunity to volunteering with the SEEDS shelter at the Race Against Trafficking, as well as other events.

The Gold ‘N Gavel is basically a fundraising event that ASU Law School coordinates every year. It was fun. I enjoyed myself.


The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) was another organization I volunteered with. We always brought in some amazing speakers, such as Tim Wise and Anderson Cooper.

Attended the New Wars, New Warriors: A Panel of Post-9/11 Military Women.


I got invited to a “Secret Meeting” one day via a cryptic email message… it was a little weird. And then received this follow up email:

“SVA (Student Veterans of America) Chapter Member, you are receiving this email because you have RSVP’d and provided your resume for attendance at the event tomorrow with the Secretary of the VA, Hon. Bob McDonald, and Sloan Gibson, Deputy Secretary of the VA.

You are a part of a select few who will meet with Secretary McDonald tomorrow at 1400hrs.

Because the intent of this meeting is to provide a private closed door session with Secretary McDonald we must ask that you do not share this information with anyone, nor on any form of social media until after the event has concluded.

We ask that you be in business attire and arrive at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center NLT 1345. The center is located at the  Memorial Union, Lower Level, Room 75 and the phone number to the center is(480)-955-7723.

On behalf of SVA’s CEO/President, D. Wayne Robinson and the entire national headquarters team, I thank you for your time, consideration and efforts.”

After attending I actually felt kinda honored!! I was a good meeting.


Accepted another invitation to a meeting with Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia of SEAC.


I was apart of  the “Power Team”, that worked with the courts at Arizona Veterans Standdown. This is a great event that really assist veterans in need.


And finally I was able to celebrate my friends Nikki and Duke vowel renewal.


As you can see, 2015 was a very productive year for me!

Until the next time stay, “Beautiful, Sassy, and Sophisticated!!”

Shemmyla Green aka Ms. Sophisticated


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