We had the good fortune of connecting with Tinah “Tina w/ an H” Ogalo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tinah “Tina w/ an H”, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from a relatively mid-sized town in Southern New Jersey. Sicklerville to be exact. 25 minutes east of Philadelphia, PA and 25 minutes south of Cherry Hill, NJ. My parents are a little far from home as they both are originally from Kenya. They came to this country for the ‘American Dream’. What many don’t tell you about the American dream is how difficult it is for POC to reach it. No matter how many hours you work, sleepless nights you have, sacrifices you make – sometimes you get stuck in a cycle where there aren’t any stairs to climb. My parents didn’t want that for me and my brother. From a young age, they put a strong importance on education. The work ethic they both carry is so admirable that “giving up” isn’t in my vocabulary. I work hard and push myself to my limits not just for myself but for them as well, because no matter how much you succeed – it’s important to not forget where you come from.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a podcast host who doesn’t shy away from a conversation about twenty-somethings. I take it with open arms even if I’m unfamiliar with the subject. To be a good interviewer you must be put in uncomfortable situations and you have to think quickly on your feet. By no means is it a one-way street. I’m at a point in my life where I’m considered an adult, but I don’t feel one. After college, I felt like I was thrown into the deep end of adulthood. So I started my podcast ‘In Your Twentys’ to help other 20-somethings navigate through this defining decade.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If there’s one thing about me: I love a plan.

To Eat
– Taco Dumbo
– Olio E Piu
– Veranda
– Carroll’s Place
– Jack Daw

Things To Do
– Walk the High Line
– Take a casual stroll through Central Park to Bethesda Fountain
– Snag some tickets to a live late-night or talk show
– Find a concert to attend
– Chill at Washington Square Park

To Drink
– Short Stories
– ART Soho
– I don’t really look at names?? (Blame it on the pregame) So I guess any bar with good music in WV or EV??

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents are my biggest cheerleaders. They’re who I look up to the most! I also have two of my mentors, Mike O’Sullivan who is always reminding me of the power I hold and Violeta Yas for showing me that there are different paths and perspectives to every story.

Instagram: tinah.ogalo

Linkedin: tinah.ogalo

Twitter: tinah_ogalo

Other: linktree.com/inyourtwentys anchor.fm/inyourtwentys https://open.spotify.com/show/5xgZAoCBybixCiu0Tb2Gkh https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-your-twentys/id1509388156

Image Credits
Marques Ruiz

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