Visit to the hood…

I remember my mom always telling me to be grateful because there’s someone who has it worse than me, but I always thought that was her way of making me feel better. After this first week back from college I finally understand what she means. Today I went back to Soundview, a block where I use to hang out regularly while in high school, and I saw a lot of old friends. I was good seeing and talking to these old friends, but while talking to them and hearing the stories of their life of the past year I began to think. My friends and I are all the same age and I am the only one enrolled in college, one has just gave birth and two others are expecting children. What shocked me the most was that the same people were outside since the last time I was on the block, a year ago. Nothing has changed.

After seeing this I immediately thought about what my mom would always tell me, there is someone who has it worse than me. Sometimes I get upset and think that I have it tough or that I wish I had something better, but at the end of the day I have to realize that I have a great life. There are people who struggle way more than me and I wish I can help them all, but there is only so much one person can do.

I talked to my friends and gave them some words of inspiration. I stressed how important it is to go back to school and get an education.

“Born to lose, raised to win”
“My life is sweeter than a honey bun”

About Edmund Adjapong

Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Edmund believes every student learns differently. He also believes that engaging young men with media–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color, as they are our future. He fell in love with Hip-Hop after memorizing Puff Daddy's song "All about the Benjamins," in the third grade. Following the completion of his masters degree, Edmund plans on teaching science in a New York City public school and pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education. His ultimate goal is to become a science educator and researcher. This blog is a reflection of Edmund’s thoughts during his journey toward a terminal degree. For more information about Edmund Adjapong please feel free to contact him at: E.adjapong@gmail.com
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One Response to Visit to the hood…

  1. Rachel says:

    I personally don’t feel like feeling pity for others is productive in situations like this. We all have opportunities presented to us in life, it is the decisions that we make in particular situations that lead us to where we are today.People are on that same spot on the same block doing the same thing because that is what they are comfortable doing, no one took from them to give to you to help you prosper, spit your words of wisdom and you have done your part, feel pity for them and they have done theirs.

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