Just yesterday, while participating in the Union County College Black History Month Celebration, I came to the realization that there is no difference between one school and the next. The difference in a school is you. Student after student rushing by on their way to class, I couldn’t tell the difference between their opportunities and those of the ones at an Ivy League school. The ones who stopped, stared, listened, or shared their experiences and insights were just as inquisitive and thoughtful as the ones I studied with at my Georgetown alma mater. To me, having curiosity, a sense of self, and the desire to communicate and connect with others are the greatest signs of intelligence.
“I have a full-time job and a full load of nursing courses but I’ll check your book out as soon as I have the chance. I love to read.”
“I have written for the Star Ledger and I’m working to build more platforms for all kinds of artists.”
“I’m President of the Black Heritage Student Organization… I want to start writing my first book, too.”
I went to UCC with the intention of sharing my accomplishments, my book, and my adventures, but by the end of this event, I felt uplifted by young people who were clearly trying to find their way and make a positive impact on their own lives as well as the lives of others. Everyone has something unique to give to the world and should be given the chance to do so.