It’s In Your Blood

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 enough words to accurately 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? What if you weren’t present in the moment, do they still matter?

 

Well one thing for certain is that you can spend each day adding to your narrative and taking chances in the moment. After all, life’s a gamble and nobody is going to double down on you. My story is one of triumph, consistency, and risk. A few things I think we all endure at some point.

“A Rising Tide, Lifts All Boats.”

A quote that has stuck with me into adulthood as a reminder to create and ride waves. If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to surround yourself with people that you can learn from, people that can help you grow. Reflecting on the journey, every L I took provided the lesson that made me the man I am today. For that, I am fortunate for the experiences that have molded me.

So where do I start with such a layered story. What do I leave out of my digital trail? I could recap the hood and throw some RIP’s. Talk about the finesse and how they program our community and families. See I was born into the “lower-middle class” they say, but to me, I was as rich as I knew. No privileges’ but I had the same tools as most and knew how to navigate. Proud enough of my story to jot it down.

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.

Your Journey Begins With A Single Step

I made it out the unthinkable because where I was headed was far more important. It took me forever to understand that direction was more important than speed. You could go 100 miles a minute the wrong direction; it gets you nowhere.

Turning the page, I turned to the gym to keep my mind as busy as possible. I would travel out of the city to explore new thing, looking for something more.

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.

IL. CENTRAL COLLEGE - EASTERN IL

Double Time. Something to Prove

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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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