As the clock tick-tocks, and the alarms start to go off, we know that it is the beginning of another semester. You either had a busy, lazy, fun filled, or difficult summer. You may not feel up to beginning classes or want to start using your brain again, but let this be a reminder folks... We are all in college for a reason. We are all here because we know that if we do not get a degree then there is no other way to make it out here in this crazy and class structured economy. A regular nine-to-five will not give you over $40,000 a year, hustling is always going to end up with undesired results, and ladies we have to keep it classy!
Us upperclassmen have been stomping around this campus for years now, so we know all of the ins and outs that come with being a student at Savannah State University. We have figured out how to carry ourselves and that there is a place and time for everything. We have also experienced many trying situations and have (hopefully) learned from our mistakes. Now it is time for us to teach our in-coming freshmen the ropes.
I was a freshman some years ago so I know how scary it can be walking around a big campus where you know hardly anyone and can get lost in any second. There are nicely groomed ladies and gentlemen swarming around the campus and it all seems like this big fashion reality tv show. Well, I have news for you my incoming freshmen. School is more than just a fashion show, it is your future. If you do not show up to class and do your homework then that is your choice, but remember that if you mess up in school your first year there will not be time to procrastinate in later years while you are in school. Once you make the mistake of letting your cumulative GPA fall below a 2.0, it will be hard to receive scholarship opportunities and you may even be removed from school. My advice to you is to keep your head in your books, complete all homework assignments no matter how hard they are, always ask your teachers questions if you are confused, and always show up to class. Remember that there is a bigger reward to reap in the end and that is a degree that will take you anywhere you want to go in life.
Now, let's move on to the way we carry ourselves around campus. We can all look to our leaders, sororities, and fraternities as examples of how to dress and behave around campus, but of course, the influence of so-called "ratchet" reality television shows like "Hip Hop of Atlanta", "Basketball Wives", and "Bad Girls Club" can influence the way we interact with other people and dress. Do not get me wrong, it is nothing wrong with dressing like these ladies and gents if that is what you are happy with, but we also have to keep in mind that there is a time and a place for everything. When we are in class, we need for our professors to take us seriously so we should dress classy and respectful. You can always change into whatever you desire afterwards, but remember that your appearance says a lot about you and defines you.
Have you ever heard of the saying, "you practice the role you want to play"? Basically that saying means that if you are serious about your future you should act and dress accordingly to what you are working towards becoming. If you want to be a lawyer, doctor, or engineer, then practice being a lawyer, doctor, or engineer. Ladies and gentlemen, let's love ourselves more than ever before. We are all beautiful and handsome and we all have something that someone most likely wants. Instead of showcasing our beautiful bodies like a basted turkey on a thanksgiving table, let's cover up with sensual, classy dresses, skirts, and slacks. For our men, let's dress like professionals because remember that dressing for the part you want in life will always take you far. Let's show the world that we are serious, and not to mention, soon to be successful in anything that we pursue!
So, let me introduce myself, my name is Shalaya Crummie but you can call me Queen. It was nice talking to you all and thank you for reading! Until next time!