“I’m losing myself, I’m stuck in the moment I look in the mirror, my only opponent” – Jay-Z. Before college, I had proved myself to be an extremely motivated student who has worked hard to reinvent myself as a young man of purpose and power. After the motivation and hard work vanished, I was going through things that I could not fathom, and I could not find a way out. I thought I was turning into a dummy, who could not comprehend, and who did not have what it took to succeed. So, I began to spiral, doing half of the work and not seeking the proper help that I needed. In spite of the death of my uncle, I had to get myself together. Hearing God’s voice accurately and actively, I had to face that man in the mirror. The quote stated above is definitive of how I plan to demonstrate that I understand the level of diligence and personal responsibility necessary to succeed.
Since the thought first entered my mind to apply to Howard University (HU), I had done research by book, internet, oral discussion, and analysis to see if HU was the perfect fit
for me. This research compelled me to redefine my character. As I began the journey to declare my major freshman year, I had to ask myself, “What interests you? What has you yearning for more?” From that moment I knew right away that chemistry was the subject for me. Not only did it keep me alert and focused more than any other content area, I passionately love the subject in its entirety. I have chosen to move forward and excel despite encountering the same obstacles that many of my peers, including myself, have fallen prey to like peer pressure, stress, etc. I am proud to say that being a Howard University student has given me the proper knowledge and education to better prepare myself for adulthood because I learned how to move past discouraging encounters and to keep pressing toward my goals. Being surrounded by ambitious individuals who are grounded in their academics and aspirations to grow in faith has amplified my personal and academic growth. HU is the type of institution that encourages students to break down the walls of doubt and strife to reach their full potential. Moreover, I am glad that I realized that I have what it takes to succeed, not only as a college student, but as a Howard University student.
Unfortunately, an institution of this caliber is not exactly financially feasible for me at this time. I am a truly deserving student, and any financial awards invested in my future would be well worth the sacrifice. Throughout my community I plan on making a difference by leading research projects and tutoring students in inner city schools, volunteering in inner group homes, praying and talking with homeless people on the streets. My current educational expenses far exceed what I am able to contribute and I am in jeopardy of losing the dream that I worked so hard for and longed for my entire life. Therefore, I am humbly reaching out and asking for all who are willing and able to please help me pay for my classes during my senior year.