Prelude: Samantha Hicks


For the last few years my life has been packed full of potty training, princesses, and playing pretend. I am lucky enough to have had the amazing opportunity of being a stay at home mom for the past three years. It has been an incredible experience, and I have relished in every moment of it. Aside from being a full time mother, staying at home with my daughter has also enabled me to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work through The University of Tennessee’s distance learning program.

Nearing the end of my last semester of graduate school I decided that it was time to trade my mom jeans for dress slacks and begin my search for what they call a “real job”. After all, I couldn’t possibly believe that spending the next fifteen years at home playing dress up and having tea parties was actually an option. Could I? Either way, today I am nearing the two month mark and have applied for seventy-five, plus, jobs. I am quite new to the Memphis area and have decided that networking in the private/ non-profit sector may be beneficial in my search. What better way to accomplish this than by volunteering? It is a win-win for everyone involved, and furthermore I will have the opportunity to meet lots of new and exciting people to whom I can lend a couple of helping hands along the way. So, wish me luck! I am jumping into this experience head first, on a mission to help change lives and hopefully have mine changed along the way as well