From JMU to NSU
On Friday, October 6th I fell in love with my HBCU . As I walked around campus I saw so many people in Durags. When I walked into the Student Center there was a live DJ and about 100 students singing along to Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go.” It felt as if I was at a big family cookout . As I walked around campus I felt enlightened. I felt excited because I remember praying to be back in school, and God granted my request.
Prior to attending Norfolk State University I attended James Madison University . It was a place where I was getting a great education , but the fight for change was too great to bear. I started writing for JMU’s newspaper, “The Breeze” in order to bring attention to issues of diversity on campus. For a school with over 20,000 students , less than 10% of the students were minorities, including international students. It was a complete culture shock for me. At first I did not mind it , but as time went on I realized that I had to leave. I was often targeted for being black . Other students would say that I was only accepted to JMU because of affirmative action while others taunted me with racial slurs. Walking around campus, it was rare to see someone who looked like me . It was like all the black people knew each other and hung out at the same spot everyday, the Center for Multicultural Student Services better known as CMSS. While attending JMU , I met some of my dearest friends . God placed them in my lives during a time of serious need. I have bonds and connections now that could never be broken .
As time went on I ended up leaving JMU. I really had to do what was best for me and my growth . My friends supported me in my decision, making it a little bit easier. My plan was to go back after taking a semester off , but my debt to them went from $1500 to $5000.00 over a 6 month time span . They wanted all of the money before I could return . Over time I became content with leaving JMU , but I wanted to go back to school so bad. There were nights that I cried and prayed for an opportunity to return to school. I did not care what school it was as long as I was back in . One day my friend encouraged me to go to NSU for a program that they were having . The Department of Admissions was offering same day admissions. I had no clue what would happen , but I decided to RSVP and go . Of course, I was admitted and now I am in my Sophomore year. No one, but God allowed that to happen . No school would accept me because I owed JMU money . God knew my heart and He heard my prayers.
Because of this miracle , I am able to really trust God . I felt like a failure when I withdrew from JMU . I had graduated high school with over a 4.0 GPA and was Senior Class Vice President. Everyone expected such great things from me . I felt like I was letting everyone down by leaving . However, God had a plan. He always has a plan (Jeremiah 29:11) . I guess what I am trying to say is continue to pray. Do not give up on your dreams and desires because it CAN happen and it WILL happen . The Word of God says, “For all things work together for the good of them that love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). I love God and I know that He has a plan for my life so I knew that things would work out , but it was in His time and not mine.
I ended up getting the fresh start that I wanted at NSU . I am surrounded by diversity and pursuing a Political Science degree. Psalms 37:4 says , “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. Once you pray and begin to trust God He will literally begin moving the mountains out of your way . Do you know how many schools I applied to before getting accepted to NSU ? Do you know how many nights I cried ? I was out of school from October 2014 until August 2016. Almost two years , but God is faithful ! Pray and believe, because faith without works is dead .