Three weeks post graduation and all the average college graduate can think about is what comes next? For Ibukun Ibraheem, a Miami University of Ohio Alumnae, this question was answered long before she even had the opportunity to embrace her college diploma. A young woman who moved from Los Angeles to Ohio just for college conquered all four years and yes honey, she did it with honors! A true example of what hard work looks like. She carries herself with style and grace, thanking her God every step of the way. I asked myself, what comes next for THIS goal digging queen? Instead of allowing my mind to ponder I spent the day asking her questions, attempting to crack the code on how she became so Iconic at just 21 years old. 

Ibukun "Buku" Ibraheem
University of Miami-Ohio '16

1) First and foremost, Congrats on graduating from Miami University of Ohio, How does it feel to be an alum? 

Now that I think about it, honestly, it is fulfilling and empowering. At the same time it is also eye opening. When you walk in to college you are thinking about all the things you have to accomplishment. Every year, every semester, each day, each hour you ask yourself, "how am I going to do this"? And then one day you wake up and you have your stole, cap, gown, and honor cords in hand. That morning, you realize its no longer how am I going to do this, but I did it! It made me realize that everything I stressed and worried about should of been the least of my worries because everything does truly figure itself out. That is how being an alum makes me feel. I always knew this, but graduating validates that I am more than capable. To sum it all up, it feels validating, empowering, and  fulfilling.  

2) What are your plans for the future? 
I have always been passionate about marketing. I plan on becoming a chief marketing officer of a global company specially in the media entertainment industry. I also want to create a consulting group with one of my close friends, Celena Fields, where we help young people brand themselves so that they can be more prepared for the real world before and after college. We want different sectors within our company. One group we was to focus on are college athletes. College does not prepare athletes for life after their athletic career has concluded. In reality, a lot of these students do not go on to play professionally. The athletic department recommends these generic majors and once they leave college they have no idea what to do or how to use the major they got their degree in. We want them to realize that even if you cannot pursue a career on their field of choice they have other career options that could possibly relate to the sport they pursued in the first place. They could become a sports broadcaster for example. They could work for Adidas, Nike, Under Armor, and so many more companies that offer positions in relation to what they are already passionate about. I personally want them to know they are more than their time spent on the field. I have a passion for helping people find their passion. I am all about turing passion into a life. I feel like that is what my purpose in life is, helping people tap into their fullest potential . I have helped many of my peers throughout college so I thought to myself, "why not continue". So thats what I want to do with my future give back. I have learned that you can do what you love and be very successful at doing JUST that. You do not have to pursue the top careers that society deems successful. If you are passionate about bottle caps turn that passion into a life. You go out and sell those bottle caps until you no longer have to! Its not a career its a lifestyle.

3) What did you do throughout your four years to land such an amazing opportunity with Adidas? 
I kept going. I was on the psychology track my freshman year and I knew the second semester of my sophomore year that this was not for me. I kept thinking, "I am way too creative for this". Medicine is not the only way to help people, I and I think that is something a lot of new college students misconstrue. Medicine is all that I grew up around. I did some research and looked in marketing and branding. So many people told me I could not make a life in that department. With that in mind,  I just kept going until the people who were sleeping on me finally woke up. As far as landing an opportunity with Adidas it was all networking. A combination of networking and just never giving up on myself . It is one thing to network and its another thing to maintain those relationships. I made sure to maintain those relationships. Most importantly, I do not know what I would do without my God. He is the reason I got the job at Adidas fresh out of college. I am just a vessel.

4) What does your new position entail? 
I will be doing global brand marketing during my time with Adidas. I will be working with the brand on a global scale specifically in the women’s line. I will be campaigning and creating partnerships with female athletes. I will be brainstorming ideas for new lines, fun things along those lines. I am more than thrilled.

5) Throughout college there are many struggles students go through. What is the biggest struggle you went through and how did you handle it? 
I would definitely have to say being too hard on myself and not giving myself enough credit when credit was truly due. I handled it by pausing and thinking about how far I have come and how hard I have worked. I am so good at looking towards the future and seeing whats next that I barely embrace the now. So I handled that by taking a breather and thinking about everything I was doing at that moment. I started thinking positively and thanking God.

6) What is your favorite quote and why? 
Isiah 55:9 because God's plan is greater than what I have in store. There are so many times things did not go my way and then God's plan came and I was finally at peace with his timing. God's plan is always greater than what we have in store for ourselves. When I read this bible verse my soul and mind are at peace knowing God got me.

7) What is the one thing you cannot live without
I can live without many things, but I cannot live without God.

8) You have accomplished so much at 21, what drives your motivation for success? 

Wow, there is so much that drives me. I would have to say knowing that most of wha I do is not only for me but for other people as well. I feel like when you are so passionate about your days work you go into overdrive. I have tapped into my potential and now there is no stopping me. I feel unstoppable at this point in time in my life. 

9) It must of been hard being from Los Angeles, moving all the way to Ohio for college. What was going through your mind? 
It was not hard at all. I knew what I was getting myself into.People always ask why did you come all he ay from Los Angeles to Ohio and I always say because I needed to get out my comfort zone. California will always be home I needed to challenge myself. I honestly believe that I would not be the women and I am today had I remained in California. I needed to move where I knew no one. A little struggle never hurt anyone.

10) If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why? 
I have had such a blessed life. I do not even know what I would change. To be perfectly honest with you, I would not change anything. Everything happens for a reason as cliche as that sounds God does everything for a reason who am to change anything,  who am I to play God?

11) Last question, What advice would you give young women such as yourself when it comes to achieving their goals?
OH, I have a lot. This is a quote I created for myself “do not sleep on yourself because you already have other people doing that for you”. No matter what the naysayers are saying, no matter what obstacles you may face you must always be the most woke person when it comes to you and your lifestyle choices. Be your number one everything! Because even your closest friends could be waiting for you to fail. you have to be so woke on yourself! Exceed your highest expectations, NOT MEET. Even when it seems like all odds are against you never give up on yourself. Never make excuses for yourself make resolutions. If you do not believe in you why should other people?  Once you realize who you are and all that you can be, you are all set.

Listen, no one can tell me anything about myself that I do not already know. I always laugh when other people try because I already know am ICONIC and all of you who are feeling doubtful let me remind you that you are just as iconic as anyone else. 

I felt inspired sitting with with 4'11 bombshell. To Ibukun Ibraheem thank you for being a motivating force in your community. Congratulations on all that you have achieved. Adidas and the rest of the world are not ready for all that you have to offer. You work tirelessly to inspire others. Women such as yourself deserve everything and then some. Keep on shining. 

To all my young girls and women out there, I hope the words of this college graduate touch you in the same way they have touched me. Continue to work hard at your passion and NEVER let anyone tell you, you are less than who you are. We were all put on this earth to create a life for ourselves and then share that creativity with the world. Remember that.

To all my Iconic girls in college working day in and day out to claim that bachelors degree, keep striving your day will come sooner than later. Embrace the time you have left. To all my 2016 college graduates, Congratulations on all your achievements. From 2012 to 2016, we did it! You should be more than proud of yourself. If you are still looking for your sign from God in terms of career plans, stay woke! Just like Ibukun said everything happens for a reason. Timing truly is everything. 

Until next time beauties, 

Kyyah Abdul