On July 1, 2015, I decided to follow a dream to become a freelance writer and event coordinator and started MoniqueM. Rogers, LLC. I’ve always written, since I was a little kid in elementary school and at home, on my parent’s typewriter.
At Cardinal Gibbons High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I focused on journalistic writing and desktop publishing while as a staff writer on my high school newspaper, Insight. I focused on the news beats. Upon graduation, not only was I nominated for the Miami Herald Silver Knight Award, but also received another journalism award.
Summers, weekends and after school I spent much time at my Dad’s print shop. He taught me about the processes from manual layout on a desktop (desk, not a computer), to filming in the dark room, cleaning negatives on light tables, burning metal and paper plates, printing on presses, cutting and folding final products and collating and bonding pads. This printing knowledge and history continues to go forth in my education, industry and problem solving abilities.
That hard work continued as a staff writer, focusing again on news beats, at Broward Community College (BCC) on The Observer. While at BCC, I also took an art appreciation class and theater class, where I learned to write reviews of the arts. Upon graduation, I received an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with emphasis journalism.
Moving into the University of Central Florida, my first craving was Anthropology (Yeah — shocker, right?). After learning I would live in a camp on a dig, longer than a weekend, I was a bit nervous. Then finding out it would take two days to truck water into camp, I thought I need to change my career dreams. My focus was then geared towards achieving a Bachelor of Arts in English. I focused on analyzing and dissecting English literature, writing and presenting poetry and writing expository papers. But the love of other cultures, languages and the memories of my family climbing pyramids as a young child will ever be a part of me.
After returning to South Florida, I attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to focus on software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXpress. Upon graduation I received a Diploma in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing.
As a communicator and writer, I want to continue to educate and entertain readers through printed and web materiel. On November 25, 2015, I introduced the world to “My Midlife,” where I’ve shared my challenges, dreams and education of this period in my life to benefit others.
After over three years of this website and “My Midlife” blog, I present my followers with a revised site and a change in my presentation in my writing. I pray I can encourage others through “Embracing My Midlife” and offer an opportunity to have me as your Motivator/Speaker at your special event, lunch and learn, award ceremony, etc,
Thank you for visiting,
Monique M. Rogers
Have an interesting writing project or speaking event? I would love to work with you. Please contact me by email or phone to discuss. I look forward to hearing from you.