In less than 3 weeks (ohmigod time flies) I am going to Morocco, Africa for a week-long study abroad trip through my school. We will be going into two schools to teach English, as well as exploring the cultural landscape. I’ve never studied abroad before, but it’s been one of my goals before I graduate. Part of the reason is because I’ve been told the University can significantly aid my expenses, and once I am out in the real world, I won’t have access to that kind of financial support.
Once I found out I was accepted to be one of the 15 to go on the trip, I felt so blessed! I sought the advice of my friends who had studied abroad before, and began applying for scholarships and writing proposals. One scholarship in particular was being rewarded by the African American Alumni Association. In an essay prompt applicants had to reply to the Maya Angelou quote: “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we many even become friends.” as well as have a certain GPA, be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours, and show proof of at least 10 community service hours.
I heard back a few weeks later with a congratulatory letter. I was one of the three students who would be awarded the $500 scholarship. Every year the association has a black tie awards ceremony, called the Onyx and Ruby gala, and I was invited to attend and receive recognition.
Since there aren’t many opportunities I come across to get all dressed up in a gown, I was looking forward for this chance. I decided to keep it simple and classy with an off the shoulder, side slit gown by Laundry. I bought it at the Pink Tulip Club in Hyde Park.
I absolutely despise wearing heels, so of course I had to find some dressy flats. I’ve always wanted a pair like these! I found them at Nordstrom Rack, they’re Calvin Klein.
As far as my accessories, the bag was a gift from a family friend. It provided the perfect splash of color, and was small and dainty- great for this kind of event. I am wearing these earrings and this bracelet from Seven Charming Sisters.
The evening was filled with great food, a terrific band, and black success. Several other prestigious awards were given out to students and alumni including the “student trailblazer award,” and “The Tower of Strength” award. It was an honor to be in a room filled with so much positivity. I am looking forward to my first trip to Africa, and experiencing a week-long trip of service. So stay tuned 👌🏾