“When in doubt, smile and pray it out” is the mantra that outgoing and personable, Aaliyah Wilkerson lives by. Wilkerson began her journey for higher education in 2014. As a Miami, Florida born, first-generation college student and the oldest of four, she did not know what to expect from her college experience, except for having the gut feeling that greatness was on the horizon. Since 2014, Wilkerson has been soaring as a student scholar, community investor and a student journalist.
Making the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications (SJGC) dean’s list since fall of 2014 and landing a spot on the honor roll in fall 2017, Wilkerson has managed to work as a Resident Assistant, since 2015, in FAMU Village East and maintain her GPA.
“When in doubt, smile and pray it out” is the mantra that outgoing and personable, Aaliyah Wilkerson lives by.
While focusing on academics Wilkerson invested her time and passion into giving back to her university and community by becoming Miss Presidential Ambassador, traveling with the recruitment team at FAMU, hosting the President’s 2017 Christmas Toy Drive and even giving the occasion at the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.
While some college students may commit their Sunday’s to recovering from Saturday night partying, as an active member of Jacob Chapel Baptist Church, Wilkerson commits to investing in the spiritual growth of the youth as she teaches Sunday school to children between the ages of 9-11.
Wilkerson is also Copy Desk Chief for FAMU’s campus newspaper “The FAMUAN”; a member of the National Society of Black Journalist (NABJ), National Society of Leadership and Success; activities chair of the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ); FAMU’s Quality Enhancement Plan’s Assistant Marketing Coordinator, and news anchor for “FAMU’s News 20,” FAMU’s in-house news station that is broadcasted to potentially 80,000 household in that Tallahassee area, in spring of 2018.