MADE Magazine #MADEBlueprint - Page 42

MADE TO LOVE Though I’m young, I’ve had a trial and error kind of life. While I have no regrets for being labeled a risk taker, let’s just say in the words of Jane Austen, “Our scars make us know that our past was for real.” Instead of dwelling on past failures, I decided to take another risk and apply for a job in the field of Education. Questions began to puzzle my mind like, “Am I qualified? Will the kids like me? Will I successfully make a difference?” BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK …SAVING OUR CHILDREN MADE BY ARIKA LINTON W hitney Houston sang it best, “I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way; show them all the beauty they possess inside.” One day as I was driving to work this song came on my Apple music playlist and reminded me of my purpose in life. That purpose that was once jaded by Hollywood signs, a celebrity-like lifestyle and the need to be validated by what I did and not by who I was. Ayesha Siddiqi wrote it best, “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” All that noise quieted on September 5th when I started my position as Dean of Students at a Chicago Public School on the West Side of Chicago. Initially, as Dean I immediately wanted to show the students my I-mean-business type at- titude but my Principal quickly assured me more than anything these students needed LOVE AND KINDNESS. She said, “The world is already cold and expects our children to fail, why would we want to aid in that? Sometimes school is the only place these babies receive love…” As time went on in our school year I began to see the truth in her statement. Working in a low-income neighborhood area can teach you a lot of things like: 1) Get Your Rest 2) Show UP 3) Use every opportunity you can to exemplify #BlackGirlMagic and/or #BlackBoyJoy 4) Always remember life is hard | 42