Akintunde Ahmad is a rising senior at Yale University studying sociology. He is one of five first-place winners of Jopwell's 2016 Black Student Experience Essay Grant
I've been blessed enough to make good decisions, get just the right amount of exposure, and have just enough luck. But I’m no one’s counterpoint to a so-called lack of ambition.
We don't need to assimilate to anyone else's norm. The truer we are to ourselves and our vast culture, the more solidarity we will have within our community.
This is the story of my friend who traveled 10,000 miles to Africa and was spat on by a White woman.
I used to say, "I’m going to triple major in African-American studies, political science, and economics, but also minor in pre-med just in case I end up wanting to be a doctor." It was a ridiculous answer, but I didn’t want to feel boxed in.
In most contexts, we would not accept a reality in which senseless tragedy had become a normal part of life. Yet here we are.
Black Americans must consider the repercussions of their every action not only as human beings, but also as Black human beings in America. I never even considered there could be an alternative. That is, until I arrived in Ghana.
In this climate, it can be as difficult to find the so-called “proper” way to express yourself as it is to deal with injustice itself.
If you’re making a lot of money in your internship but aren’t feeling satisfied, carefully consider whether you actually want to pursue the full-time version of that.
I can’t afford to feed into the stereotype that has plagued Black men in college for decades.
Practically everybody I knew in Oakland had a family member who had been killed, or at least shot. Everybody thought that the way we lived was normal.
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