For the past couple of years I had an idea of what the upcoming year would be about and had specific expectations of what I was going to be doing the following year. 2013 proved to be a little different. One word God gave me for this year was “Reposition”. Slowly but surely He is revealing what He meant by that word.
As some may know, I am a contestant for the Miss UCF 2013 Scholarship Pageant. The journey to me getting to this point has been a story of abandoning my comfort zone. Though I am ELATED to be a contestant, I would have loved to see more participation from people that look like me. I have realized that oftentimes people of color, particularly Black students can feel rather intimidated to join organizations, programs or events that are predominately White, and instead choose to stay in their comfort zone, belonging to organizations that are predominately full of those from their same racial/ethnic group.
I am quite aware that this is a taboo topic, especially when it comes to HBCU’s vs. PWI’s, however I am addressing the fear, rather than the choice to be involved in particular organizations based on comfort.
I talk about this because although I love being connected to the Black community, it became a case of staying in my comfort zone because I felt I would have been rejected or not welcomed in other organizations. I believe this is an issue that many people of color silently go through.
Miss UCF was a personal obstacle for me to get out of my comfort zone. The beautiful thing is that although we may look different on the outside, there is ALWAYS a way you can connect with someone, no matter their race, religion, socioeconomic class or background.
So BFDC I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone! Don’t be caught up in how people may perceive you based on your outside appearance. If you have the necessary skills and qualifications, you ARE qualified. 2013 is the year to abandon YOUR comfort zone, whatever your comfort zone may be! And I hope to see you at the Miss UCF Pageant 😉