Nothing, And I Mean Nothing, Outdoes Hard Work

With April already here, I was thinking about how March turned out to be an incredible month for me.

For one, my first two pieces as a freelance writer were published. At 21, I was able to break into two big publications (Clutch Magazine and EBONY) and I haven’t even graduated from college yet. How often does that happen?

I also had the honor of presenting in my university’s undergraduate symposium, which is great accomplishment considering the fact that only a select group of students are chosen each year to present their research on a particular topic.

But that’s not all! I was fortunate enough to receive the Michigan Association of Broadcasters scholarship and more recently, I learned I was chosen as Journalism Student of the Year at my university.

And last but certainly not least, I learned I will be writing for another dream publication of mine (more details later).

It’s hard to wrap my mind around all that has happened to me.

To be completely honest though, at one point, I was starting to feel overwhelmed and wanted to throw in the towel.

I started thinking: “Why me? I’m only one person. I can only do so much.” But then I started thinking about how many great opportunities I’ve been blessed to have come my way and how I should be grateful instead of complaining.

And I’m so happy I didn’t throw in the towel. There’s nothing more rewarding than facing a challenge, conquering it and not letting it conquer you.

For the MAB scholarship, Journalism Student of the Year honor and undergraduate symposium, faculty decides which students they feel are deserving of those honors, which is incredibly humbling.

The lesson I learned is this: always give 110 percent into everything you do because hard work never goes unnoticed.

In the words of Opera Singer Beverly Sills, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”


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