Welcome to your Fall 2021 semester! I don’t know about you all, but I am so excited to finally be back on campus in person! Being back on campus means participating in all the things that I love at UNC! From the events, the football games, all the clubs UNC has to offer and being back in the classroom, I couldn’t be any happier to be here.

Although the college has had its perks of fun, there are still barriers that present themselves, especially when navigating college as a Black woman. How I alleviate some of these difficulties is by utilizing my resources. Not to sound bias but the Garvey has been my biggest resource yet! The Garvey has presented me with not only the resources that I need when it comes to overcoming some of the struggles being in college has brought, but the environment of the Garvey and the people who occupy this space have provided me with the support I need to succeed.

Some of the resources the Garvey has that I have utilized are the computer lab and the printers. Sometimes I just don’t want to go to the library and the Garvey has been a perfect substitution for it. I have been able to come to the Garvey and print right before class which has always been super convenient for me, making having a lack of printer technology one less thing to worry about.

Another resource that I have been able to utilize is the other technology that the Garvey  has to offer such as the TV. I love to watch TV, so when I just want to settle down or take a break in between classes the Garvey has always been a perfect place to go to catch a break. Also, before I worked at the Garvey, I used to love coming to build connections with the staff and they have always made me feel welcomed and supported, even when I just needed to tell them how my day was going.

College presents its struggles and being a Black woman, I am faced with even more barriers put forth to deter me. So, in my four years, I have learned to navigate through college by making use of the available resources. The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center has been the main resource for me to help alleviate the obstacles that have shown themselves within my collegiate experience. With that being said I hope that all of you and especially students who identify within the Black/African diaspora can use this same source to get through college as smooth as possible.


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