Navigating Racial Barriers
Over the course of my lifetime, I have frequently been thrusted into environments that lacked any significant diversity. As a person of color that attended a predominately white institution for the majority of their life, I often felt like an outsider that was trapped in a never ending search for identity and acceptance.
As a child, I remember believing that I would never be fully be accepted by the white community and would forever be labeled a token. My lack of identity took a mental a toll on me, and often left me wondering who was behind the crooked smile that I put on each morning. However, in recent years I have grown more comfortable in my skin, which has increased my confidence and lessened my desire to conform to social expectations of my surroundings. I have discovered the power of my voice and the importance of showing the world all of my capabilities.
Furthermore, when making my college selection I chose Drake University because of The Crew Scholars Program. This minority led program at Drake University provides students of color with a network of support, leadership opportunities, and an outlet to share experiences. The program identifies and values leaders within the community, while pushing minority students to step out of their comfort zone and explore all that Drake University has to offer.