Homecoming came and went so fast this year and it being my third and perhaps last one, I can honestly say my most enjoyable moments were speaking with the returning alumni.
Working with the Famuan newspaper, I had the privilege of talking with past editors about their experience on the Hill and their late nights spent working on the paper. Many of the alumni who worked on the Famuan have moved on to big name papers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. With that said, their criticism on how the paper looks and the content throughout is highly regarded and respected.
Before one particular alumnus left to return to his journalism job, he told me how each alumni should give back to FAMU’s students.
“Each one teach one,” he said in a husky voice. Immediately, I found my next column topic.I believe every person has a purpose in life and soon enough every person helps one person find his or her purpose (say that five times fast!). It’s sort of like a cycle.
My purpose in life is to write. I didn’t discover that purpose until my sophomore year of high school when my English teacher told me to spit out my gum, take the frown off my face and tell my blank piece of paper how I felt inside.
Since then, I’m usually found with a smile or laughing and I can’t seem to stop writing. I still chew gum though but my point is that, no matter how menial the inspiration, I was still inspired to do something.
Everyone has a purpose and to me, there are no small roles.
Whether someone chooses to dance, sing, become a doctor or a janitor, each roles places him or her in a position to help another find their path in life.
Now, with my unwavering passion to write, I hope to inspire someone to find his or her purpose.
While I may aim to inspire many, if I only reached one, my mission would be accomplished. Jeremiah 29:11 reads “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”