Since November, I’ve been anxiously waiting for March 15th to roll around wish hopes that I will be named as a 2011-2012 Watson Fellow. The Watson Fellowship is a “one year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States awarded to graduating college students nominated from participating institutions.” If I receive the Watson, I will spend all of next year studying slam poetry communities abroad in Germany, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Chile. Now, the day has finally come and I feel like a little kid on Christmas, waiting to see if Santa brought me switches and coal or fun surprises.Philosophically, I’m torn all over the place but the same old Christmas-time question roles around in my head, Have I been good this year? Continue reading
This has been one of the most amazing months of my entire life. And that might even be an understatement. But it was not easy getting to a point where such a statement would be qualified.
To start, the days leading up to Dinner at Davidson were some of the most draining I have ever experienced. Running around trying to tie all of the loose ends and get everything in order really took the wind out of my sails. By Friday morning I was feeling really under the weather. To make matters worse, I had a take home exam due at noon the next day – the day of the event.
By Friday evening I finally felt comfortable leaving the remainder of the preparations to our amazing silent auction team and I headed out to go study for my exam. At 3 a.m. I felt myself fading fast and decided that the studying would have to be cut short. I opened the exam, and got started.
At 5 a.m. I finished the exam, sealed it, and dropped it in my professors mailbox. I then went over to the Lilly Gallery to take a peak at the location where our event would be held hours later.
Soon I was in my bed and sound asleep. But that did not last long. Continue reading
We’re already into the fourth week of classes and a lot of exciting things are happening. In addition to my five classes, I’m in the midst of planning two pretty big events – Dinner at Davidson scheduled for Feb 19, 2011 and a Student Empowerment Summit for Charlotte 8th-11th grader students tentatively scheduled for January 2012.
I finished my first semester of my sophomore year strong and turned my focus back to my work in Baltimore. I hurried home on December 15th to make it to an Advocacy Work Shop for the Baltimore City Public Schools on the 16th. Turns out it was a good decision to leave a day early because it snowed all day on the 16th. But unfortunately, the snow meant that the workshop was canceled.
Nevertheless, I had little trouble finding stuff to do. On Saturday night my high school’s choir was hosting its annual winter concert. With the auditorium filled up half an hour before the performance even started I couldn’t help but feel the collective pride in the room. With so many public schools cutting their funding of the arts I was so thankful that the legacy of the City choir appeared to be nowhere near in danger.