2012 has been a dynamic year for me. I traveled around the world on Semester At Sea as an inaugural Tom Joyner Scholar representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I successfully graduated in 4 years from Xavier University of Louisiana as a first-generation college student. I was admitted to the #1 graduate school of education, Peabody College of Education & Human Development at Vanderbilt University. I got my first car (and my driver’s license). Even with all of these noteworthy achievements, there was certainly drama and foolishness inbetween, but God. 2012 showed how strong I can be, and how much stronger I need to be to prepare for the journey ahead. I am committed to embracing my opportunities and blessings in 2013 without fear and worry. I will humble myself and not allow my pride to keep me struggling in silence. I will reach out for help from Him and not see that as a sign of weakness. I also will pray for the strength of others and share my story. I encourage you all to do the same. Reflecting on one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’: “All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” (1963) Happy New Year everyone!