So if you don’t know by now I go to Howard University. The illustrious Howard University, the Mecca, that school Drake loves oh so much. I love Howard. I’ve loved Howard since that perfect trip during the Veterans Day weekend my Junior year of high school. So much Black beauty, so much Black history, and they all looked so happy that this school quickly shot to the top of my list. Then I got here and my journey got very stereotypical. I met some amazing friends, laughed, and what not. But I soon found out the phrase everything that glitters ain’t gold was something to live by here at Howard U. The HU I was shown my junior year wasn’t the HU I walked into my fall semester. Financial issues, gentrification, and cliques played a major role in my first semester here. I felt like I missed out on some things I was definitely looking forward to when I pulled up in August on move in day.
However, this school has given me something else. For a long time I’ve wanted to be a different person, I’ve wanted to “fit in” and be “cool” but after my first semester I realized that being cool isn’t necessarily a thing anymore. Are there people who get more attention than others? Of course, there always are but I’m learning that being the center of everything isn’t what I want. What I want now is to learn more about my future field, to laugh with my friends, to continue making “pawpin” grades and to just make sure my experience at Howard University is one that I remember forever.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I do have grievances with HU (if you follow me on Twitter you obviously know this) but I also think that Howard has given me something and will continue to teach me about myself until I get my degree. All in all even though it isn’t perfect Howard University is what you make it and I plan to make it as amazing as I can.