Letters to #Gram16
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:01
As young women we find ourselves wrapped in what society says a woman should be, but before you listen to the world listen to your heart and let your education be the platform on which you speak.
To young freshmen, and my future leaders of tomorrow, your education will be the most significant thing you walk away with.
Understandably as a young adult, parties with people you most likely will not know in ten years, seems to play an important role in your life, and that’s fine to have fun, but with everything comes a price. Do not trade your self-respect for moments of fun.
Study hard and get involved, for every class you miss, there is someone else gaining knowledge to take your place.
As a black queen, society often times has a bad habit of devaluing stereotypes focusing on low education and a black women’s importance to society, but remember who you are in the midst of all the noise.
At this very moment in time you are a part of a movement, matriculating in college level classes at a HBCU designed to place a crown on your head.
In this day in age we are no longer tied to slavery. The relatives of one of the most vital first family’s in America, the Obamas, you should no longer be reminded about the lack of education in the black community. You are part of 105 Universities, whose main purpose is to speak life into your mind. It is critical to spend time defining yourself and not finding yourself. You will learn everywhere, with everything you do, so use what you learn to build your character. Remember to stay positive and negative in your sexual test results. The universe will give you only what you put in it. Last but most important, keep God in all you do. Your path was already created, use his word to guide you there. There is more to black women than Love and Hip Hop, we are now defined by First Lady Michelle and not “K Michelle”.
Welcome Fresh Queens to GSU where not every female is a lady, but where any woman can change the world.
Lenore Jean-Baptise is a senior mass communication major from Las Vegas.