F is for Fulbright

I don’t believe in regrets because everything happens for a reason.  I was destined to be born on the campus of Florida A&M University to a queen who has guided my life journey with prayers and an unshakeable belief in God’s grace.  I was supposed to be impeached as the President of the Fraternity Council,…

Celebrate Along The Way

Don’t wait til you arrive at your destination to commemorate your journey. My last grade for the Spring 2021 semester was posted last week. As a result, I officially closed the end of my first year of my PhD journey! Don’t ask me about my semester or cumulative GPA, because grades do not matter. No…

It’s Personal.

It’s March 21, 2021. Just over 1 year since the United States shut down and wearing face masks became a mandate, not a preference. Some of us have been impacted by furloughs and salary reductions. Some of us have had family and friends contract the virus. Some of us have bought a house and earned…

Last First Day of Classes, Ever.

I tried writing this post when I was at HellyB (Hellbender Brewing Company for those who don’t follow @TheIPAWay on IG) and I couldn’t get going. Not because I had writers block but because this shit is still very surreal. This week I begin the journey of becoming Dr. Timothy Ford Bryson. Not gonna lie….

Running While Black.

#AhmaudArbery I finally get it. After completing my first half-marathon in April 2018, I began to take running more seriously and even started to train for a second half-marathon in November 2018. My mama bought me a reflection vest and told me to wear it for “safety reasons,” especially since I would run before sunrise….

Future Dr. Tim

Hello, my name is Tim Bryson and I am the Program Director for Student-Athlete Career Development at the University of Maryland. I am also a first-year doctoral student in the Student Affairs program at UMD. If I earned $1 for every time my mama told me that I was going to college, I would be…

The Best Ability is Availability.

I was scheduled to publish this blog before the turn of the new decade…but then I contracted the influenza. From December 24 until January 3, I didn’t fitness, barely ate, and could not channel the energy I needed to write this important piece. While sick, I saw everyone’s “new year, new me” and “I’m cutting…

Fresher. The Family Reunion.

Last September, I was sitting at a bar in LAX airport drinking an IPA. While waiting for my flight to board, I searched “Black people craft beer” and waited for Google to do its job. Headlines such as “There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer” and “Maybe Black People Just Don’t Like Craft…

@MDMadeTerps

Wow!! What a first 6.5 months it has been! When I first accepted my job at Maryland, I knew it was going to be a grind. Late nights during the week. Work on some weekends. Revamping and creating curriculum to help Maryland student-athletes become career-ready. The job description was very accurate. Though what I did…

Ohio Means Ohana

Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.  Over the last 30 days, I have driven 1800 miles across the Midwest and Southeast visiting family. Admittedly, I am tired as hell and do not want to drive up or down I-95 until 2020, yet I am the happiest I have been in…

@TheIPAWay

This blog has taken me a long time to compose. After speaking with @BlackBrewMovement in March and visiting Richmond in April, I was inspired and motivated to share my craft beer journey with the world! Weekend after weekend, I sat at breweries trying to find the words, the right words, to explain “how I got…

What are your birthday plans?

For me, March 18 has always been important to me because it is unique opportunity to thank God for another day (and year) of life, reflect on personal growth, and recklessly celebrate with my friends. Given how I have chosen to celebrate my birthday in previous years (s/o to everyone who was there for my…