All of my life, I have grown up in areas where I was the minority. In school, I would look around and see that I was one of four black students in the class, and I instantly felt like an outcast. Whenever the topic of slavery and racism came up, I would get pitiful looks as if I was one of the slaves being discussed. Even in high school, small occurrences continued. People would make racists jokes unapologetically and I was forced to play the angry black girl when jokes were taken too far. In my heart, I had made the permanent decision that I would attend a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) after I graduated.
I now attend Howard University, and it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have never felt so comfortable in my skin. Every day, I learn something new about my culture that I was never taught in my previous curriculums. HBCUs are important and they are necessary. I am surrounded by the most incredible and ambitious people, and I know that the same people who I cross paths with on the yard, will one day be changing the world. And yes, I will be one of those people changing the world.
At an HBCU, I have learned to be unapologetic about who I am and what I look like. I have learned that I need to root for myself before anyone else can root for me. I have also learned the importance of STAYING in my line. There is enough room in this world for everyone to conquer their goals and dreams. Everyone's accomplishments don't come at the same time, but staying focused on our own goals will bring us success.
Lastly, I have learned the power of using my own voice. The state of our country in 2017 is a lot worse than I would have imagined. Some people have shied away from following politics as a whole because of the hate and ignorance. I want to become more active in using my voice and being a Mogul President for Howard University has already given me the perfect platform to do so. I am proud to attend an HBCU like Howard University, and I am standing in solidarity with everyone who has been affected by the hate and violence that occurred in Charlottesville.
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