There is something about seeing incoming freshmen with a wide smile at the bookstore buying every book they need. Freshmen have a certain “oomph” that at times upperclassmen lack. Yes, they still might be getting into the groove of college, but they are genuinely happy to be in here. Each day they are learning new lessons, both academically and personally. They will find out their likes, interests and even if the college life is really how the brochures make them out to be.
There are so many personal stories I could share with incoming freshmen about ups and downs and the growth that took place in my life as a freshman. Instead I choose to address all classes.
I constantly ask myself why I am here.
Why did I choose to continue my education at Grambling State University? What do I plan to get out of higher education? Will I work toward every opportunity presented or will I simply be guided by a sheet of paper stating what is required to graduate?
I challenge not only freshmen to question themselves, but seniors as well. When I look back on the 18-year-old girl that came to Grambling this time last year, I realize that a metamorphosis took place.
College provides an outlet for change and growth for those who are willing. Whenever you have the chance to try the unfamiliar, DO IT! Break out of routine and make each day count.
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and playtime.”-W.E.B Du Bois
So, freshmen, I won’t sit here and tell you anything you haven’t already heard.
I will say don’t forget you are at a place where only 50 years ago people like you weren’t allowed. Make every moment count, and take value of all of your days here at Grambling State University.