Last week I attended the Greatest Homecoming On Earth…GHOE…at my alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University….commonly called “A&T”. GHOE is an entire huge calendar event full of fun, camaraderie, new friendships, warmth and happiness with FAMILY…..a whole lot of people who hold Aggieland near and dear to their hearts.
As I walked on the campus early Friday morning and got a glimpse of the window of my old dorm room….(#301 at Cooper Hall)….I was overcome with the fondest of memories of the day my parents took me there, helped me get set up, then left me there to start a 4 year life that would become the best years of my life. I will never ever be able to thank my parents enough for the sacrifices they made for me to have this never to be forgotten experience.
I reflected upon the moment in my dorm room with my parents when a big burly football player walked through the halls and promised my parents he would take good care of me while there. He did. God rest the soul of that kind individual, Jamaul “Plum” Sheppard.
My advisor was Dr. Pamela Hunter. I could not have been assigned a better advisor for my course of study. She was super strict with a sharp tongue and I remember her pushing me to my limit not realizing that she was making sure to get the best of me when there were times I thought my work was too hard. I graduated with honors! I am the phenomenal educator that I am today in large part due to this wonderful woman who is a dynamic educator.
I was a 17 years old freshman. I began my teaching career at 21 years old…. one week shy of my 22nd birthday. I am eternally grateful for the 40 year relationship I have had with Dr. Hunter – and seeing her last week and being able to post a tribute on the wall for her was truly “the icing on the cake!”
People come into our lives for a purpose. My parents trusted the process and voila it worked out well.
I would hope that everyone has someone in their lives that they can reflect upon and get that burst of motivation all over again from the memories of what once was that caused what is!