Tag: Loma Linda University

The End is Just the Beginning!

Advice, Lifestyle, Mental Health June 23, 2013


As some of you know I have been deeply entrenched in a Ph.D. program for the past 8 years.  Wow, they never included that in the brochure.  Well, last Sunday, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University.   Now, I am Dr. Cupcakes to you, Dr. Powell-Hicks to the rest of the world.  Here comes the real challenge, what do I do with his nice little piece of paper?  How do I change the world?  Do I  strengthen my consulting firm, do I find a post doc fellowship at a local hospital, research, head to Europe on “sabbatical?”  These are questions we all ask ourselves from the perspective of our own experiences and training.  How do I use my skills and talents to impact the world around me?  The achievement isn’t in the asking but in the doing, so you should all soon see some doing from your dear Cupcakes.


One major take away from this past weekend-other than, I need to change the world-was that no one is an island.  We all became who we are because of the collective support of others.   I thank all of those who helped form my character for their dedication, love, and support.



Art, Health August 26, 2011

I am working on an art project using pictures of my family, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on.  Knowing where you are from helps you get where you want to be.  So I have decided to chronicle where I’m from.  Above are my paternal grandparents O.B. and Viola.  My grandfather was one of the first Black Anesthesiologists to graduate from Loma Linda University (where I am attending) and my grandmother was a teacher and mother of 6.  I’m amazed when I think about the legacy they left, even in the midst of hardship.  Therefore it’s  my obligation to succeed, there is no other option.  I will keep you all posted on my progress and if any of you have done any similar family  projects let me know how they turned out.