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#MyHBCU Spotlight with Nikkia Edwards: How to Maximize Your Student Life & Career

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This Black History Month, we’re taking time to spotlight Mr. Cooper team members who are graduates of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Nikkia Edwards is a Learning Specialist I, HBCU alum, and member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff because it felt like home and joined Mr. Cooper for the same reason. Nikkia shares what Black history means to her and lessons she’s learned throughout her career.

What is your biggest takeaway from your college experience as it relates to your current role?

My biggest takeaways are the lessons I learned during the internships I was blessed to have. They all gave me some piece of knowledge that I can incorporate into my role today as a Learning Specialist.

What advice would you give HBCU students who are new to the workforce or about to join?

Network, join school organizations/clubs, and enjoy life as an HBCU student while you can. Join those organizations because college is about building lifetime friends and a strong network. That network may be essential to getting the position you want after graduation. Lastly, take in all the HBCU life has to offer but remember why you are there!

What do you wish other people knew or understood about the Black experience?

I wish that others understood that the Black experience is not just about the outer appearance. The Black experience is being able to become more knowledgeable about the Black culture. It is being able to celebrate Juneteenth not just on June 19th, but every day. Most importantly, the Black experience is being able to know who you are apart from your skin or hair.

What is your favorite part about working at Mr. Cooper?

My favorite part is being able to touch so many people through their learning process here at Mr. Cooper!

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month to me is a celebration of those who went before me and sacrificed so much for myself and others to be in the position we are in today. It’s about celebrating those who are known for their work and contributions to history and those who put in the work without recognition.