8 out of 10.

“I’m trying to get like you!” “Yo, you are living your best life.” “Price just went up!” Let’s be honest. We’ve all said something like this at least once over the last year. If not, we at least thought it – most always with good intent. Currently in my life’s journey, it seems like everyone…

Protect Your Space

When I first told my friends I was going to California for Spring Break, they all responded with the same message: “You’re not going to want to come back to Ohio after you visit.” Two days ago, I landed in California for the first time and I was excited to experience all I had seen…

The Power of Seven

By now everyone has heard (a version of) my story. Originally from Cincinnati, I went to Coastal Carolina University and competed as a track and field student-athlete in the Honors College. After one year, I transferred to the University of South Carolina and earned my B.S in Athletic Training. Through experiences in fraternity life, campus…

Be Where Your Feet Are. Know Who Your Feet Belong To.

This blog has been on my mind for a while now. Throughout the summer, I’ve tried to write the first paragraph several times and allow my hands to articulate the rest of my thoughts on the keyboard. Every single time I got writer’s block, which led to frustration, and ultimately another finished box of Mike…

Better Men. Better Lives.

Arriving at Camp Tecumseh, IN was a journey. I started my travel in Columbus on Thursday, January 26th. Originally scheduled for a 3:00pm flight, I arrived at the airport at 1:14pm, immediately checked my luggage, and stood in a relatively short security line. I raced to my gate only to be informed that my flight…

Name Your Blessings.

“In 2016, we lived, we loved, and we lost. But I do not wish any of the obstacles or experiences away.” Throughout the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of stuff on social media about how “2016 was a bad year” and people are ready for it to be over. Sure,…

Undefeated.

“We may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated… In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”- Maya Angelou Initially, I wanted to entitle this piece “Failing or Falling Forward” to…

Love & Honor.

Wow! What a wonderful day to visit Miami University in Oxford, OH to speak with the Fraternity and Sorority Life student leaders! As the keynote speaker at Miami’s ADVANCE Retreat, I was able to speak with chapter and council presidents affiliated with IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC about what it means to lead with purpose. One…

Ohana. #ALLinELI

Coming to Ohio State, I knew I was attending the best university and graduate program in the world. From attending football games with 104,944 passionate fans in The Shoe to walking around Mirror Lake and The Oval with 60,000 students passing to and from class, I was prepared and ready to ensure these next two…

Be THE Difference: Sexual Violence Prevention

Sitting outside gate D44, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Exhausted, sleepy, wishing I had more candy. Over the last 24 hours, I have been in 3 different states, 2 time zones and 1 hotel room. Though it’s been a long day/weekend, I cannot help but to give God praise.  Just a year ago, I was…

When I Grow Up…

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was asked this question countless times throughout my childhood as if I was supposed to know what career I wanted to have for the rest of my life in 1st grade. At age 5, I wanted to be the first black president of the…