5:54 pm - Tue, Sep 6, 2011

Vanguard Post #1

Describe: Where you’re from, where you are today, and where you are going.

Most of my friends and teachers know me as the hardworking, school oriented student, who boasts about his love for education and being involved; the one who will sacrifice anything and everything to stay on top of his grades; the guy who everyone genuinely loves and befriend - however, I wish they really knew me.

If they really knew me, they’d know that to get to the current point in my life required much strength and optimism.  They’d know that since primary school, everything I’ve done in regards to my academics and social accords were done in the midst of struggle, pain and worry.  They’d know that even though I’m finally at the end of the beginning, I am still very much afraid to know what comes next.

Growing up, I spent a great deal of time struggling to put a definition to my name and give myself a sense of identity.   While on the outside I was the smart, well-spoken, enthusiastic student, on the inside laid an infuriated individual, yearning to break free and be recognized as the real Jerrel Baker.

The real Jerrel Baker was more than what was presented on paper and a high school transcript.  The real Jerrel Baker was the guy who dreaded going home after school because home life was unbearable.  The real Jerrel Baker was the guy who isolated himself from the world to avoid social awkwardness.  The real Jerrel Baker was the guy who, although accomplished in terms of academics, still believed that he had something to prove to the world.

Today, I have yet to put a definition to my name, but I do feel much closer – such is exactly what I hope to get out of Morehouse.  For me, attending Morehouse is more than just a place to receive an education; it’s a place to embark on a journey of self discovery and a place to endure a period of introspection.  Today, I am a lot more comfortable in my own skin, and no longer afraid to let the world know that I come from a humble background.  Today I am not afraid to mention that I am a first generation graduate and college student.  Today, I readily embrace my imperfections and purposely illuminate them by accomplishing the goals I set for myself.

In the future, I would like to reach a point in my life, wherein which I will desire nothing more, for I will have everything I need – only then will I deem myself successful.   While I am not sure what I want my career to be, I just hope that it will consist of me doing something that I love while being able to have my handwork benefit others.  By the time I am 30, I hope to be an established author, fluent in French, and debt-free.   I want to be able to answer the question “Who is Jerrel Baker?” without hesitation, and I want to look back on all that I’ve done and be proud of my accomplishments.

5:43 pm

It’s Official!

Greetings to all readers,

I am Jerrel Baker, a freshman, undecided major from Detroit, Michigan.   I attend Morehouse College and  I am eager to share my college experience with all of you.  Here, you will get a taste of my academic, social, and personal life and endure a journey like no other - my journey of self-discovery and my journey into becoming a Renaissance Man.

This Tumblr page will be used as an outlet to not only document my experiences, but a place for me to vent on both my trials and accomplishments.  I invite all you to follow me through this pivotal moment in my life, and perhaps, through collaborative efforts, help each other.



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