• Rayshawn Powell GBDF Junior Board Advisor and

The End of Freshman Year

Monday May 7th, 2018, I was sitting in the Edmonds Classroom Building taking my Intro To Political Science Final Exam, excited to show what I’ve learned over the semester and to also be able to demonstrate my love for politics. College is no joke. There are going to be times when you are going to feel like the biggest person in the world, but realize all of

that can tumble down quickly. This year, I wasn’t sure if college was right for me. Shocking but it is very factual that a big guy like me became afraid of college.

It took me a while to write this because I am not ready to accept the fact that my first year of college is already over. In high school, the readiness to graduate and get to college was talked about from the time we entered 9th grade, until the day we walk across the stage to receive our diploma. High school went by quickly, and I’m not sure if I am ready for college to go by that quick.

My time at the illustrious North Carolina Central University has been great. I’ve learned the importance of knowing your facts before opening your mouth and even being confident when you are speaking, even if you aren’t sure if it is the right answer or not.

Since being on campus, I’ve made up my mind on one thing ‑ I am a Political Science major… but I am not sure if History will continue to be my double major or if Education is something that I will be looking more into. Some may ask: Why Education? Over the years I’ve had some amazing male teachers that have helped shape the young man that I am today. From my 9th grade Social Justice teacher to my 11th grade APUSH teacher‑ two men who I still keep in contact with today, made me realize how great my life can be with a lot of hard work and dedication. Both of those men taught high schoolers and are now out chasing their careers in Social Justice. They gave me something to look forward to and that is what I would like to do with children……reinforcing with them that feeling of not being a target for destruction, but being Bold, Strong, Intelligent, and demonstrating sheer Black Excellence.

The Gregory B. Davis Foundation also made a contribution to why I want to become an educator. Over the summer, a few years ago, I was able to become a camp counselor for the Good Food Good Living Program that we brought to Northampton County. During this experience, I had the privilege of working with children in order to help them understand the importance of healthy eating options. This included helping them understand that even though a food is classified as healthy, that does not in turn mean that it tastes nasty. . I saw the connection between the children and me...

College has help instill in me, that life is all about the journey you’re willing to take to get to the places that you want to go. I’m a firm believer that Knowledge is Power and with that knowledge, I can do whatever I want. I was taught by my 7th writing teacher that “every day I [should] pursue learning as if my life depends on it because it does.” It has been a long road and I have a longer one ahead of me.

But life as an Eagle is amazing and I couldn’t ask for more. I am happy that I chose to attend this amazing institution because my schools motto aligns to mine: Truth and Services. Give back to the community that will always be there for you and get more people to where I am and beyond. My year at Central, taught me how to be more personable, punctual, open‑minded, honest, and respectful. I have had so many older classmates rub off on me in the way I appear to the eye of people, arriving in a timely manner to events, not judging anyone because of whom they are, being true to myself and others, and respecting any and everyone, as the way I would like to be treated.

The Summer Session is quickly approaching, which means it is time to get back to the books and consume a lot more coffee. Soaring High to Excellence with my fellow Eagles…EAGLE PRIDE AMPLIFIED!!!!

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