I did it. I took a trip by myself for myself. As a young black man, no less. Contrary to my deepest fears… I survived. It scared me sh*tless, but I’m glad that I went and you should too. I’ve boiled the experience down to four reflection points and I hope that you’ll take a trip for yourself soon.

So where did I get the idea for this “Think week”?

Last year, I watched the Documentary on Netflix about Bill Gates and in it, Bill went on what he calls a “think week”. I thought this idea was a unique opportunity to emulate the activities of the successful but also give…


Credit is just one of those words that means something good for a certain set of people, something bad to others, and absolutely nothing to another set and I understand that because I’ve been each and every one of those people before. Thankfully, as I sit in Washington D.C. on a trip completely funded by credit at 22, credit has begun to mean some good things for me and it’s because of these 7 tips that I’ll go over in this article.

Today, Aug 15, 2021 credit karma tells me that I have a 740 with a peak score of…


Yeah, you’ve heard it before, but I’ll say (type) it again:

I LOVE MY HBCU.

As a senior computer science student at South Carolina State University, I’m at the place where I am starting to look back at my time in college since there isn’t much more in front of me. It’s kind of daunting, to be honest. The fact that I’ll start my walk across the stage as a college student and come off the ramp at the other side as a newly christened adult (like, for real this time) with a countdown on my student loan grace period…


Failure sucks. You and I know that. It’s also inevitable. We both know that too. It’s an absolutely wonderful thing that you can actually enjoy as well— but you also knew that right? I hope you did because that means that you are already in on the secret of failure. You know that failure is both beautiful and damned and the secret to unlocking its beauty. If you aren’t privy to the secret, I’ll give it to you here in the introduction: the secret to unlocking failure's beauty is failing the right way. Not specific enough? Well, I have 7…


The age-old adage of “money is power” is an absolute truth, especially in this late capitalist age. A lot of times when we think about money, we think about what we can do with it because money can buy us things. We can use our money to buy that house, purchase material items, or to get an education. Money can also grant us things that have an unquantifiable value such as first time experiences, stability, peace of mind, that weekend trip that you should take for your mental health, or that much needed impromptu date with your significant other, and…


The world around us never stops. Globalization has made companies into nonstop machines and made us hungry for efficiency and effectiveness. We are taught whether it’s from our parents, our teachers, or anyone else that tells us about life that hard work pays off and that doing the things that we might not want to do right now will make it all better and make us more effective. Therefore we want to be effective, we want to be the people who can do everything on time every time. However, there will always exist an antithesis to the thing that you…

Roderick Bishop

Hi! I’m Roderick. I’m a student, traveler, thinker, a novice finance guy and so much more. You can view these articles in video form on YouTube. Thanks!

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