Remember goodbye is not forever

If you told me in 2002, I was going to an HBCU nestled in the piney hills of Northern Louisiana, I would never have believed you. Like most people from “up north,” when I thought about Louisiana, all I thought about was New Orleans. I was taking a leap of faith when I applied to Grambling, got accepted, and took that 12 hour drive from Chicago to Louisiana with my family.

And it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I never could have imagined I would meet so many people and accomplish so much in four years. I have truly been blessed.

I would like to say goodbye and thank you to the following people:

All of my true friends who have always been there for me Space won’t allow me to greet you all individually, but thank you for being my family away from home. Thank you for being there for the good, bad, ugly, and everything in between.

My Gramblinite Family Thank you for helping me grow as a writer and as a woman. Most of the best memories I have are G-Nite related. I’m going to miss the trips, and those late nights in the newsroom.

My lovely DBW sisters and UAAM brothers. It has been amazing watching both organizations grow and evolve over the past couple of years. I am so proud to be a part of something so great!

To the Ladies of Swing Phi Swing OLA!!!! I’m glad I finally became a part of an organization so great. Y’all have to hold it down for me next semester because whether Grambling is ready or not, we are doing BIG THINGS!!!!

To every “hard” teacher Thank you for challenging me and not accepting work you knew I didn’t put any effort into. I learned more in some of your classes than I have in four years at Grambling. I won’t disappoint you.

As I walk across the stage on Dec. 14, the only thing I hope is that I’m not leaving Grambling as the same girl that got here in ’03.

God bless.