I just wanna be successful…And I want you to be successful too!

Whenever someone asks me why I chose Student Affairs as my career choice, I usually take a deep, deep gasp as if I’m bracing myself for what will come out of my mouth as a suitable answer.  The reality is that it’s such a difficult question to answer.  Its not like somebody asking why I chose the cereal I ate for breakfast that morning (which for the record will ALWAYS be Captain Crunch :o).  It’s a process, an intense, reaffirming process for sure.

First, I almost always have to explain just what Student Affairs is because you can’t understand something that you know absolutely nothing about.  Then, I bravely try to explain how I chose to give back to an entity that pretty much created the woman I am today.  I’d like to think that my initial interactions with the world of Student Affairs and its’ professionals gave birth to my desire to want to be a change agent in the educational system.  As a first-generation college student from Dallas, Oak Cliff to be exact, becoming a student leader on a predominantly White college (PWI) campus became the only way for me to adequately transition to academic achievement on a level that I was unfamiliar with.  I wasn’t just a student amongst thousands; I was a leader within a small yet competitive community that held me accountable for my success and failures, my decisions, and actions.  I had Advisors who cared and Professors who set high expectations for me, completely confident in my ability to meet them. I heavily relied on the support and guidance I received from academic advisors and my scholarship program.  These selfless individuals not only helped me academically but also with digesting the fact that I’d gone from a predominantly Black high school with virtually no diversity to a predominantly White school with virtually NO diversity.  I couldn’t help but shudder every time I thought about the idea that I was attending a university where just five decades ago, African-American students were denied the right to a quality education solely based off the color of their skin.  

With all that being said, why not Student Affairs? How could I ignore or even deny my obligatory role in fostering the same thriving environment and experience I had in my undergraduate career for the next terrified yet audacious student to come after me?  Knowledge is power; it’s an overused expression but it still rings true to the understanding that opportunities are endless with an education but once an education is obtained you keep the door open and try to make it a little less painful for the next person to come through.  Students who are still on the hunt for a higher education when tuition costs are rising like nobody’s business inspire me.  Minority students who possess a lingering desire to attend a PWI despite the misguided efforts of people who seek to decrease diversity on college campuses motivate me too.  So that ladies and gents is why I chose Student Affairs, well in a nutshell at least.   

“Blazing a new path isn’t always picture perfect but when you arrive, you learn that it’s exactly where you’re suppose to be” – Gabrielle UnionImage

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Allow me to introduce myself….

Well hello there!!

I’m going to spare us the cliche and slightly annoying “My name is…” intro for two reasons: 1. If you continue to follow my blog, I want you do so because you’re intrigued or inspired rather than because of who I am (although this reason is still deeply appreciated ^___^) and 2. Because it’s in my url! 

I’ve decided to start blogging because just like every other desperate soul at the beginning of the new year, I too began to question my existence and wonder what I’ve actually done with time that I’ve been so generously given the last 24 years. Here I am at such a prime and ripe age (What am I, a fruit??) surrounded by amazing friends, having just completed my first semester of graduate school with a 4.0 GPA to show for it, yet I still feel incomplete.  What is it that I’m missing? Am I just being dramatic? These are questions I often ask myself as I try to process and grapple with the fact that I know that I’m missing something out of this flaky thing called life but I have absolutely no idea what that is.  

As I began to digest what has the likings of a mid-twenties life crisis, I realized that as necessary as it was for me to focus on what was missing, I needed to start with what I actually have first.  Trying to start at the beginning of my life was difficult but admirable in retrospect, nonetheless.  So instead of going back as far as the land of diaper rashes and sippy cups, I decided to start with the most present stuff then gradually digress back down memory lane (I just couldn’t resist that one-liner!).  In an ambitious and what some would call cheesy way to document my life, this blog will serve as an active vision board of sorts to thoroughly investigate exactly how I got to where I am today; although I know a lot of that will have to do with God and my parents. Eww. 

So I welcome you to join me on what I’m sure will be a pretty eclectic but entertaining journey for you and I.  Hopefully, I’ll discover something new about myself besides the fact that I’m long-winded.  I’ve started out on this venture to keep a running tab of who I am and where I’m headed so that if and when I find myself in the same position later on down the line, I’ll have something to show for this crazy journey call life other than tweets and Facebook posts! Hopefully, you’ll develop a sudden urge to challenge your existence in a world of 7 billion people and gain a clearer sense of who you are; the best you, stripped down & vulnerable in the purest form.

Stay tuned!

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” -UnknownImage