Friday, January 30, 2009

Special Message from Sophomore, Kimisha Falls....

Name: Kimisha Falls

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Favorite Candy: Twix

Why Did I Choose NCCU? Good Business School

What I Wish I Knew Before Attending NCCU: I wish I would have known more about the school as a whole and what to really expect

Hello, New Eagles!!! My name Kimisha Falls, and I'm sophomore a Accounting Major. One of the wonderful ways I got involved around campus was joining the LEAD Conference Delegation this year. This conference bring students together from all around the state to help them become better leaders.

This is my first year attending the LEAD Conference which will be held on Februray 21, 2009 at Meredith College. Words can't really explain how I feel because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm very excited about attending the conference as well as nervous because I never had to speak in front of more the 20 people before...and our group is presenting a program called "In Living Color: Appreciate and Synergize." It's all about diversity and how it applies to leadership roles.

Attending the LEAD Conference is going to be life changing. I know as a group we will do great during our presentation. We may even get lucky enough to host the Lead Conference here at NCCU in 2010.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One Week Later - Reflecting on Inauguration Day of President Barack Obama from NCCU Transfer, Shawnita Luster....

Written on Inauguration Day by NCCU Transfer student, Shawnita Luster:

Today, we as a people stood together, not to comfort each other in grief and fear because of some far reaching threat brought on by a foreign power, but in hope.

We came together to commemorate history. For today, a man took vows to place our needs before his own. He committed to change, progress, and the reclaiming of America’s history, a history that is sipping with purpose and great successes. This man reminded us that we are in a very real “crisis”.

America is facing an overwhelming set of problems, but we shall prevail, just as the generations before us prevailed. This new leader while being poised in the shadow of leader’s before him promised that now the hard decisions will be made for the betterment of our country. No more will we make decisions for the privileged few. No more will we accept ‘worn out dogma” or endure unfulfilled promises. As our nation is strengthened by change, so will we reach out that all mankind may share in our strength. Then we may revive the spirit of brotherhood between nations. We are made up of many countries, but we are one world.

As I stood watching this momentous event unfold, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and joy. However, this is not just a joyous occasion. It’s a time for hard work. We embark upon a new era of responsibility. As students we are no less responsible. We are required to succeed and success is not easy. Nothing worthy is easy.

We must exhaust every resource to “shapen an uncertain destiny”, not just for ourselves, but for all future generations. We must settle for nothing less than perfection. Perfection isn’t a distant dream. It’s a real and attainable goal. We too must commit to change. One man can’t achieve the dream to improved a nation alone. He needs all of our aid. We have no right to stop. We have no right to fail. We have no right to be quiet. For too long have we been this way. Now is the time to act, yet not in violence, but with potency of mind and determination of will. With every course we pass, every degree we claim and every career we commence we become one step closer to fulfilling the dream.

We must in no way forget that through the inauguration of one man, we proved that we are powerful and that we shall be counted.

Along with President Barack Obama we can now assert our place in history as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Meet NCCU Freshman, Karrehl Moore....

Name: Karrehl Moore

Hometown: Queens, New York

Favorite Candy: Don't eat candy... sorry.

Why did you choose NCCU? Long answer....I'll cover it below!

Why did I choose NCCU? For one, the majority of my family lives in North Carolina, and I anticipated in coming back down here after being in New York since halfway through my 6th grade year. I enjoy not only just being in North Carolina but also having a second home that is no more than 15 to 20 minutes away (depending on how fast you drive) - my Grandma's house. This is where I am now starting to declare my residency.

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting College: I really wish I knew what a set back it would be for me if I were to do what those "party people" do every day for even just 2 weeks. Coming into college I really had no intentions of going to parties, clubs, and hanging out all day, knowing what happens to the average college student if he or she were to do that non-stop. Yet like most freshman I was a step behind in my work due to my late night hangouts.

By the time I realized my downfall I was really too late to make up for the time I have missed. Thus I have had many struggles getting through the first semester. My GPA was nowhere close to what I had originally anticipated, but I guess I must accept it and learn from what I have done wrong. My new motive is to do all of my work as soon as I get it (ASAIGI).

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Meet NCCU Freshman, Donyarsha Goode!

Name: Donyarsha Goode

Hometown: Weldon, North Carolina

Favorite Candy: Pineapple Now and Laters

Why did you choose NCCU? This reason I choose NCCU was because I have always wanted to be an Eagle, the marching band is great, and the school was close to home and quite affordable.

What I wish I knew before starting college? I wish I would have know how to be more social. I spent much of my time in my room.

My Advice to Incoming freshmen:
Hello NEW EAGLES! My name is Donyarsha Goode and I’m a freshmen here at NCCU. My advice to you is to stay focused. All the things you hear about college life aren't true....

Yeah you have fun, but you also learn to become more independent. No one is going to constantly tell you do this and do that. You must take on some responsibility and remind yourself.

Oh, and be sure to buy an alarm clock because you're definitely going to need it!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

NCCU Snow Day on January 20!

Classes were canceled on January 20 due to a snow day!
Below is a picture of O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on the NCCU campus the day after!
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Reflections on the Upcoming Inauguration of President Obama....

President-Elect Obama is pictured to the right when he visited NCCU on a campaign visit on 10/31/2007.

"Why Not?" - Melony Ochieng,
Freshman Pharmaceutical Science and Mathematics major

The questions "why?" and "why not?" have been running through my head ever since I noticed Obama.

Why would a black man even think about running for the elections this year?
"Why not!" I would argue with myself. When is a time ever better than now?
This argument has been with me through this entire process until "why not" won. "Why not?" is my new catch phrase because it opens doors for me to do anything. Why not be a double major in pharmaceutical science and math? These two are great combinations and the average degree does not cut in in the field that I am going into. Why not become a leader for myself and for my fellow students? It's never too early to teach others.

Why not become a follower? Since when did I proclaim myself as "all knowing." The question of "why?" to me now is just a hindrance to my personal development and to humanity. "Why not," I think is now what we all need to ask ourselves if we want to see marginal change in our lifetime.

So I am grateful for Barack Obama for what he has done and what he has inspire in us to do. I don't care if he does not change my life at a personal level anymore because he has given me enough to finish the job myself.

"My President" - Audrey Barbee, Sophomore Biology Major

This moment in history is the greatest moment in my life. Many people don't realize what is really happening. Our ancestors, whether you are black, white, female, Indian, male, or so on, fought, suffered, and sacrificed for me, the ones behind me, and before me. I am overwhelmed with pride, Integrity, and so many other emotions that I still have not taken it all in.

And to know that he took the time to come to North Carolina Central University and I was in the band playing for him! I am so grateful to be able to even experience this opportunity first hand and feel the air and aura of being in
Washington D.C. while the most historical event happens. I cried the moment I heard Barack Obama was president-elect. I knew my hard work was not in vain. I prayed for this and I'm honored to have Barack Obama as my president!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meet NCCU Freshman, Adam Hendrick.....

Name: Adam Hendrick

Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina

Favorite Candy: Jolly Rancher(grape)

Why did you choose NCCU? Because I wanted to attend an HBCU.

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting College: I wish I would have known that you have to pay to use the washer and dryers

Spring 2009 Classes Have Begun.....

The first week of class was awesome. I was successful in finding all my classes and meeting my new professor's. It was very exhilarating for me to be back at school with my peers after the long break. I am definitely looking forward to a prosperous and fun filled semester!

Adam Hendrick
Freshmen Biology Major
North Carolina Central University

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