This summer I did not go to the sandy beaches in the Bahamas or uptown England, but in only eight days I participated in a college tour that traveled back in time through eight states and back, while visiting many different historical black colleges, museums, and landmarks. My journey started in Houston, Texas and it continued to Washington D. C. On this journey I learned about my African American history, the responsibilities as a college student, and what it takes to achieve a higher education.
To highlight my trip, one influential moment was talking to a Tuskegee University student. He explained that college is fun and memorable. Nevertheless academically, college is hard work once a person realizes they are paying for their education. The college student also said that going to a historical black college makes him humble, and allows him to work hard every day so he will not waste the education his ancestors have fought for. Talking with the college student opened my eyes that my education is a gift that should not be taken for granted.
Another highlight was me getting the chance to meet some incredible new people on the tour. The group of friends I met all attend different high schools, but we had so much in common. During the trip in Georgia, we were able to go to Six Flags, however after ten minutes in the park, water poured from all corners of the sky. It was unforunate we could not spend time at the theme park, but going back to the hotel to play games, crack jokes, and watch movies made up for the loss. The time we spent together was amazing and I felt like I was in college. The trip allowed me to be more open with new people and not stay exclusive with just myself.
During the trip we visited Howard University in Washington D.C and I have never fallen in love with a place so amazing. The atmosphere in Washington D.C, the people in the area, and the Howard Campus made me not want to leave. The school revealed African American history, and it wanted nothing but excellence from all its students. I felt at home and reality hit me that I am going to college soon. Going to the different historical black universities and understanding what they have to offer lessens my nerves to attend college.
The last place we visited in Washington D.C was the state capital. During the tour I learned more about our country and the pride that Washington D.C wants the United States to have. In the state capital, history was displayed as we were able to view senators vote for a bill. It amazed me on the efforts it takes to keep the historical state capital safe, beautiful, and stable for many tourist to view. Not only was the state capital impressive, but the Arlington National Cementery surprised me above all. We were able to walk past so many brave soldiers that had passed. I am glad the memories of the soldiers, who have served the country, will not be forgotten. The tour of Washington D.C will be a memory of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to go back soon.
I might not have changed physically in those eight days, but emotionally and mentally my mind has changed to wanting to be apart of a country that has given so much for the needs of the people. Freedom is what I am given, but going to college and spreading positive leadership is what I want to give back.
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