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Kenny Williams

Hard Work Pays Off

By Kenny Williams
Published on: October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

Sacrifice (sac.ri.fice) noun. Destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.

During my 21 years of existence my mom taught and teaches me everything I know. That proverbial saying that says "a woman can't raise a man" is purely fictitious and outrageous. Oftentimes, we are put in situations where we have no control and we have to do what's best for ourselves but I think the true definition of a leader is doing what's best for your future. My mother sacrificed many things for me to be here today and I am grateful for that but I am even more grateful that she taught me the importance of sacrifice.

When I first got to MSU, I had the visceral realization that I wanted to be phenomenal and have the ultimate college experience. I made the decision on move in day in 452 of North Hubbard Hall that I was going to take MSU by storm! I knew that I could go down two paths during these 4 years. The path that is most commonly advertised in the media with excessive parties and alcohol or I could go down the path of leaving my imprint on campus in a positive way through campus involvement and internships. I chose the latter of the two.

When people hear the word "sacrifice," there's usually a negative connotation associated with it. I want to get across to fellow students that it does't have to be like that. The summer before college, I got the wonderful opportunity to intern at the Detroit Free Press. I also had an equally cool opportunity to participate in the weeklong MAGIC program for incoming students. I was unable to do both so I made the decision to continue along with the internship because that's what would benefit my future career. During the Spring break of my sophomore year, I was able to site lead a group of 12 Spartans to NYC to volunteer at an HIV/AIDS agency. I could have easily went to Miami, Panama City or any other typical college destination for Spring break but I chose to spend it giving back and honing my leadership skills. Every summer, I am tasked with staying in East Lansing with friends and working a campus job and going back to Detroit to intern and gain real world experience. My friends will always be there but this internship and experience won't.

Beyoncé once said "power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice." While I didn't take the typical college route, I am confident that the decisions I have made will benefit my future in the long run. I feel so blessed to be a senior at The Michigan State University where I've met some of my very best friends and experienced some of my best memories. I feel even more blessed to represent all of my communities, my family and myself on this year's Homecoming Court.

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