At every lecture, meeting, banquet, etc., we’re reminded that we have to be the best, that we need to be better than the next person, and that if we’re sleeping then we’re failing. But let me ask you this: How is it possible to enjoy success (however you may define your success) when your mental and physical wellbeing is suffering?
Unfortunately, in life there are people who were either raised ratchet or they were raised properly and chose to ignore the principles of morality taught during their childhood. No one is perfect and some people tend to learn from life through experience or observation. I believe for a majority of my experiences, I’ve had to learn both ways. But I know one thing in life is guaranteed: karma.
In honor of her installation, I have to address our first permanent female chancellor, Dr. Debra Saunders-White. Over her short period of time at N. C. Central, I have been able to watch her. She is eloquent in her speech, graceful in her walk, but is still able to do the ‘NaeNae’ dance with her students.
A scary topic in the workplace, but usually a liberating topic on an HBCU campus, black hair has taken on a lot of attention by the media. News sources like the Huffington Post, New York Times and CNN all have discussed the phenomenon of natural hair among African- American men and women. Recently, 7-year-old Tiana was dismissed from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because the administration did not allow her dreads. The school later changed its natural hair policy, but Tiana did not return to the school. Other K-12 schools also are banning natural styles, calling them unacceptable and potential health hazards.
My fellow Eagles, I am sending out an Eagle cry. I have finally, FINALLY reached my senior year and I have never felt like quitting more than now. I’ve considered quitting numerous times this semester. Not because I am lazy, but because the stress level is so high I could use it to bench press at the gym. I am writing this article to plead with the great professors of NCCU. Not all of your students are slackers or lazy. This is not by any means an effort to beg for a pat on the back or to ask you to ease up on the work you assign us. But please know when to back off. You never know what your students are going through at home.