Hello Concord Family,
A chapter has indeed closed for me, in the form of my first year of college. I remember being told as I started this college journey that the first year of college would go by fast, that is absolutely what happened. As I reflect on this year, first semester was by far the easiest for me academically and socially. As I got into second semester, I had a hard time academically and my health was not at its best either.
The Month of May brought on high stress but also an ounce of happiness into my life. I looked forward to the Black Excellence Gala that celebrated blackness which I was part of. But not only that I was announced as one of the new executive board members of the Black empowerment student alliance. That was definitely the highlight of my month, to be on the executive board of BESA is a great honor but to also be on the executive board of the African Nations Student Alliance is an honor as well. I am very pleased to serve on the 2019-2020 executive board of both clubs.
Academically, second semester of my first year has not been the easiest for me. I started my second semester with nonstop sickness but not only that as we got into spring allergies kicked in for me. With classwork, studying and exams it felt as if I was being drained in school. I struggled with finding balance but also generally struggled in some classes. For the first time, I doubted myself when it came to what I could handle.
No matter how much I struggled, I still enjoyed my classes and the lessons learned in each. Theology of death and after life thought me to accept the concept of death and not fear it, Sociology opened my eyes to all to the theories and concept of our everyday lives and how we as society functions, Biology pushed me to gain a greater understanding of how the human body works and helped me in growing collaborative skills within a group and Justice and Peace Studies once again thought us about how unjust our world is and no matter how many times we think we are moving forward segregation still lies deep within our country. I may not have thrived as best as I wanted grade wise in these classes, but I definitely learned a lot from them and enjoyed getting to know all of my professors.
The lesson I am taking from this semester is to keep working hard and even though my grades were not what I wanted I am using it as my motivation to work hard and get even better next fall. I will continue to work hard and will continue to show everyone that I deserve to be in college, and I will trust and believe in myself.
May has been hard for sure but also sad to move out because it was over. I am already looking forward to moving back in next fall and experiencing it all again. I am happy to be home and happy for summer to begin to travel and work at Concord this summer. As May comes to an end, it wasn’t an easy month, but it was one to remember.
As June comes, I am looking forward to starting work at Concord, taking my driver’s license test and also looking forward to turning 19 later in June. I can’t wait for June and what it has to bring my way.
Until next time,