This week I had the opportunity to go to St. Louis, Mo. as apart of Howard's Alternative Spring Break program. Each site has its own initiative and I was instantly drawn to St. Louis' initiative of social justice and education. I was excited and anxious to do ASB, as this was one thing that I knew I had to do my freshman year. The idea of giving at least a week of my time to help someone else would be rewarding and could help me figure out my purpose, both during and after my matriculation at Howard.
The main reason why I fell in love with writing (and journalism) was because of its ability to connect people through storytelling. I believe that through sharing our individual stories, the accumulation of life experiences that make us unique, we are actually able to connect with each other on deeper and more meaningful levels. Whether that be through similar life experiences, beliefs, or passions, just being aware of other people who view or do life the same way as you makes this journey easier. Especially for young Black people, seeing people who look like us who go through the same things as us and are still accomplishing great things makes all the difference.
I want to start "What's Your Story" on my blog as a way to make all of this less about me and get into what I truly hope to do throughout my career: Connect with people through their stories and give them a platform to connect with others.
Check out the gallery below for each WYS? post: