“It seems like blessings keep falling in my lap” – Chance the Rapper
It’s been a little while since I made a post about my life, which is a shame because so much is happening. Remember back in August when I said I wanted to get into the Honors College, well it happened. This is a pretty big deal for me because being apart of the Honors College will help me hold myself accountable grades wise and can make way for even more opportunities. Back in November, I was accepted into the VCU ASPiRE Living Learning Community. Through this program, I’ll be serving the city through things like mentoring and property restoration. I also have the opportunity to start something of my own and I’m very excited about that. The last bit of good news is that I am mentoring high school students who are interested in the health sciences. This one’s a little more special because I did the same exact program, and my mentor totally changed my perspective of college.
I think by reading my post about high school and comparing it to this one, it can seem like I went to college and totally “reinvented” myself… I didn’t. Some people listen to a person’s success story and think that they need to become a carbon copy of that individual in order to garner success of their own. Not only is this false, but by doing this, you’re doing a disservice to yourself. Instead, try strengthening your weaknesses. I plan to write a post on how I’ve been practicing this really soon.
Now, I want to stress one last (major) point: SET GOALS. I’ve set goals and made plans for how I was going to achieve those goals and now I’m seeing things fall into place. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking of the presentation Dr. Morris-Priester gave; I, by no means, think that I’m the smartest person, but hard work and determination go a long way. While I’m on the topic, I also want to revisit her SUCCESS mnemonic:
Set your goal
Create a positive mental picture
Clear your mind of self doubt
Embrace the challenge
Stay on track
Show the world you can do it!
In short, hard work definitely contributed to my first semester’s success, but it was also my faith that kept me going; God truly answered my prayers and for that, I am grateful.
I can’t wait to see what the Spring semester has in store for me because I’m ready to conquer that too!