The Best is Yet to Come
"The best is yet to come." This simple, yet profound phrase, has served as a driving force behind much of my academic career at Winston-Salem State University. As I reflect upon my time here, the Honors Program has undoubtedly given even more meaning to these six words. From the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in New York to the cultural excursion abroad in Jamaica, the Student Honors Organization has been instrumental in better preparing me for all of my "bests."
As a Chancellor's Scholar, my first home at WSSU was the Honors Program. A rigorous course of study matched with academic, service and social opportunities has done much more than enhance my academic preparedness. More importantly, it has honed my social skills and sharpened my professional skill. While being academically competitive and open to even greater possibilities it is equally important that young scholars seek mentorship and community involvement.
The Student Honors Organization continues to grow in both diversity and talent and I believe it is vital that students maintain the family-oriented culture that has greatly affected my goals and life decisions. During some of the most critical years of my life I have been surrounded by amazing and talented individuals in the Political Science Department, maintained solid friendships with friends like Lauren Littlejohn and Kimberly Hunter, and embarked upon a lifelong journey with the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated. Having the opportunity to grow and explore with students and friends dedicated to such academic excellence has served as great encouragement and motivation. For each of us, I am certain the best is still yet to come.
I am forever indebted to the Honors Program faculty, the Office of the Provost and other campus mentors for their nurturing spirits and their personal commitment to my own success. Noting the difference between being nurtured and being sheltered, I am extremely thankful for those who have truly made WSSU my home away from home.