Imagine being able to inspire others with your life story. Social media is like one of the best forms of innovation in our lifetime because of its ability to provide all of us with a platform to evoke much needed change in the world. People will follow others for years on social media, witnessing their successes, failures, and inspirations, simply by viewing their posts. For me, becoming an inspiration in my collegiate journey has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done. Using social media as an outlet to share my story is something I embrace. Being born in Chicago, Illinois, there were many obstacles I had to overcome to get to where I am now. And, with one year left of my undergrad career, I have become a young man of purpose.
The last 5 years of my life have been filled with transformation. Coming from where I started, I have truly shown people that whatever you set your mind to, you can accomplish. With that being said, throughout my journey I’ve been able to recognize my growing influence. Whether it’s from family, friends, or just people from my realm of influence, someone is always letting me know they are inspired by my story. They see different snippets from my life, such as my opportunity to study abroad in Greece, leading organizations, or collaborating with other like-minded individuals. These are opportunities that have allowed me to develop and lead well, and over time inspire others. I’ve been blessed to see the opportunity and begin to capitalize on it. Showing my journey from beginning to now has truly changed the perception of many. It has even changed my perception of myself. Sometimes taking a glance back is the best way to continue moving forward.
In college there are adventures and ample opportunities to explore. Taking those opportunities, making the most of them, and showing the world is an experience that can definitely be encouraging to others in ways beyond our imagination. I encourage you to be a positive image on social media. It is one of the most powerful tools in today’s society and it can really help people. You may never know who’s life you’re changing or who you’re pushing to take the first step in their journey. Quite frankly, you never know who’s watching. Just understand this: Your voice matters to someone and your story might uniquely inspire one person. So do your best to truly live and inspire others to do so too!