Photographer and writer hangs up her GSU tools

Goodbye “Grambling, Dear ol’ Grambling.” I have only spent two years at GSU, but every point in one’s life has an ending season.
Being here has taught me patience and courage. My teachers strengthened my intellect and my mind has been opened to many opportunities the world has to offer.
The biggest influences from Grambling State University staff include Dr. Walter Davis, Mrs. Joice Dunn, Mrs. Wanda Peters, Dr. William Horton and Mr. Glenn Lewis. You all helped me become a better person. You helped me push myself further than I thought I could go and to learn more than I expected.
Attending an HBCU has been the best experience I could have ever dreamed of. Coming from the valley of California, I wasn’t genuinely introduced to Black culture. On this campus, I worked with and met people representing a variety of races and cultures, such as St. Lucia, Jamaica, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Nepal. I travelled with the school to numerous new places.
I would like to thank all of the people that I have worked with in The Gramblinite. I will miss the bonds that we have formed and the laughs that we have wholeheartedly shared.
To Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Peters, you ladies have been like my mom. If I needed anything, you were there to help me with your arms wide open, and I appreciate that more than you will ever really understand, as well as many other students who came before me.
You guys are so dedicated to this paper and you help it to stay alive. You fight for our ability to freely speak and you allow so many of us to express our talents through this paper. I thank you for everything you continue to do for us even when people aren’t always there for you.

Mr. Glenn Lewis, I came in with nothing but a dream and my hand out, and you gave me a camera to fulfill that.

I have always had a passion for photography, but I never had the confidence to pursue it until you encouraged me to “just get out there and shoot.” I hope that I look as great as you when I get younger.
I also thank Daison and Darryl. You guys helped me when I didn’t know what to do and you taught me things that I wasn’t able to learn in a classroom. Your help pushed me to a level where I can function in the working field.

Terry Lilly, you will always be fabulous and talented. I have enjoyed seeing you work during my time here.

I also want to thank Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for allowing me to have the experience of being Miss Gold 2007-2008.
I can’t forget my lovely sisters of Omega Tau Pi. I love you all so much and the bond that we created will remain in my heart.
We have shared so many ups and downs and we still remain on top. I will miss you, ladies. And I would also like to thank you for allowing me to reign as Miss Omega Tau Pi 2009.

I have enjoyed my experience, and it meant so much to me to serve our community with you.

Last but not least, I thank my mother and my father for NEVER turning their backs on me.
I have made so many mistakes in my life thus far, but they have never faulted me. Rather, they disciplined me and then held me afterward.

They have been available for me 24 hours a day even though they are thousands of miles away. That is support that I could have never been able to make it without.
I love you, Mommy and Daddy, and you will see your hard work pay off on Dec. 18, 2009.