In selecting a career path, Tomeka Scales ‘07 is following the adage: “Do what you love.” A psychology major with a minor in business management, a proven campus leader, and a contemporary music fan who sings in the College’s Gospel Choir, Tomeka has her sights set on the business end of the music industry. Far-fetched, you say? Not given her stellar academic record, her participation in Harvard’s Summer Venture in Management Program and other leadership programs, her internship experience with Black Entertainment Television, and her incredible drive.
“Washington College gave me the opportunity to expand my leadership training and to succeed on so many levels,” Tomeka says. Among the academically elite membership of the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and one of two Middendorf Scholars recognized this year, Tomeka credits her professors with encouraging her to excel. “Not only are the teachers here dedicated to their own work, but they are committed to the success of their students. I have to thank every single teacher that has played an active role in helping me to mature as an individual. I certainly benefited from my classes in leadership, marketing, speech, and Dr. Littlefield’s psychological testing which actually helped me approach the GREs. The emphasis on hands-on learning makes all the difference. I also have to thank Dr. Siemen and the Campus Christian Fellowship for providing a support system by which to foster my spiritual growth.”
Tomeka, whose senior project explores the music industry, is pursuing a master’s degree in Music Business at NYU while interning with Island Def Jam Music Group. A fan of jazz, R&B and gospel music, Tomeka is particularly interested in music publishing and in artist and repertoire management.