Are we encouraging our peers enough?


Alexandra Carmon | Staff Writer

American preacher, Joel Osteen once stated, “Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear.”

As African Americans, it is important that we stick together because it is a harsh world out there for our people. This is all the more reason for students in historically black universities to encourage their peers to succeed in school.

When people start undergoing the process of applying to internships and graduate schools, pressure often arises to be better than the people around them. However, competition amongst students rather than unity can be extremely detrimental.

If one studies alone, they may miss information that their classmate could have given them. Also, when students do not help each other, some students end up falling behind. In addition, students who have a longer time processing information feel like they cannot ask questions in class due to fear of scrutiny.

They do not want to be that annoying kid that constantly makes the teacher go over material over and over again. Instead of mocking the person asking questions, students need to offer a helping hand. You should not be at the top as a result of stepping on other people.

You should work your way to the top and help others on your way up. Senior, Kayla Johnson, Marketing major, Strategic Communications minor from Detroit, Michigan suggested that students should lead by example.

“By leading by example we can do well ourselves and influence and motivate others to do well also. You can’t tell someone to go to class, study, and do homework when you aren’t doing those things yourself.”

Students need motivation especially when they are performing poorly in their classes. People should not feel as though they have to receive perfect scores on all their tests in order to feel successful.

College students should strive to do their best, and not feel stressed when they are unable to pull the grade they wanted. However, unfortunately internships and graduate schools stress high GPAs, which then leads people who do not learn as fast left in the cold.

Sophomore, computer science major from Kansas City, Missouri says, “Lower grades can sometimes hinder the amount of opportunities you may receive.

For example, students with better grades are more likely to get asked to go on trips and conferences offered by their department. Although it could benefit every student in the departments, only the ‘smart’ kids get to go.”

As young African Americans, we need to make sure that our peers are doing well, because the more African American graduates we have, the more we can prove to the world how powerful we are as a race.

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