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What defines you? A loaded question with no real answer on the tip of your tongue. Honestly, I hate when people ask me this question because there aren’t many enough words to properly describe the definition of someone. The first thing that comes to mind for me is experience. We spend our entire lives learning, changing, evolving and experiencing new things on a daily basis so is the real answer an accumulation of those experiences?

 

Well one thing for certain is that you can spend each day adding to your narrative and taking chances. My story is one of triumph and grit. As I grew into a young adult from a great upbringing by my mother Renae, my personal story began.

If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t walk run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving.”

And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.bdfgfdbbf

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

2004-2008 HIGH SCHOOL

I'll save you from the troubled youth story.

No seriously, we all have a laundry list of things we have done that we aren't proud of. Turns out that those same things are what made you the person you are today. On the bright side, all I did was play basketball as a youth until high school. As I became older I realized that free time was my worst enemy.


Highlights:
  • Basketball Team
  • Football Team
  • Popular Contest Winner
  • Expelled Twice
  • 5th Yr. Sr.

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What defines you?  That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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IL. CENTRAL COLLEGE - EASTERN IL

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College Involvements

Knowing how important it was to fill my time up; It was important for me to be involved while in college. This time, I was going to fill my time up with more meaningful and rewarding experiences and I did just that. It was more glorious in person but hey. I came to win.

Black Student Union

- President (2014)
- Vice President (2013)
- Service Affairs (2012)
- Guiding Light Mentorship Program Founder (2013)

Alpha Phi Alpha (ZN)

- President (2014)
- Treasurer (2013)
- Stepshow Champ x6
- Miss Black & Gold Pageant Host

Leadership Roles

- LASO Service Affairs (2013)
- NPHC Parliamentarian (2013)
- Alpha Epsilon Delta Officer (2012)
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Other Leadership Roles

- Black Male Caucus (S.T.R.O.N.G.)
- Meet The Greek Yard Show
- Stroll Like an Alpha Coach
- Polar Plunge

Awards & Recognition

- RSO Campus Leader 2014
- RSO of the Year 2013 + 2014
- 1st Place Homecoming 2014
- IL. Chapter of the Year 2013
- March of Dimes Fundraiser Award 2013

Committee Involvements

- Black Student Reunion Committee
- NPHC Greek Step Show Committee
- University Board Main Stage

Scholarships

- PCCEO Scholarship
- Peoria Promise Scholarship

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