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Faces&Voices


AN ANTHOLOGY
OF VERSE, PROSE

AND ART

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2001-200
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E. R. BRAITHWAITE
Professor

Faces & Voices 4
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Unappreciated
Anika Seals
New Orleans, Louisiana - International Business

        There seems to be no appropriate reason for me to experience these intense feelings- feelings of disappointment and bitterness. They probably are not even normal among people of my age. I wonder if anyone can relate to my complex stirring of emotion. Is there no one who can share in my opinion and utter displeasure with the status that teens and a large portion of young adults hold in American society?
        As a black female in the second semester of her collegiate career, I believe that I have overcome my own set of obstacles in order to arrive at this place. I acknowledge that I have had the blessing of positive interactions and encouragement from parents, teachers, and other role models who have helped to influence my progress. Yet, ultimately my success is contingent upon my decisions and actions. I have come this far despite what has drilled into the innermost cerebral convolutions of my mind. America’s youth has been persuaded over the years that through proper training for prolonged periods of time, we will be prepared for the future. Who is to say that the future is not now? Many members of my generation are currently undertaking phenomenal feats and shaping various aspects of their world.
        Generally, very few of my mentors motivate me to strive for great things now. I state this not to shun the importance of educational fundamentals, but instead to draw attention to how the “institution of education” tends to overlook the availability of resources within me. I often reflect on how much creativity is probably lying untapped in my mind, because I am frequently reminded that only ten percent of my brain potential is likely to be exploited. The abundance of these resources is extraordinary- think of the creativity lying idly in the minds of America’s youth.


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(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse, Prose & Art, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2002. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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