I don’t watch a lot of television, but I recently was hooked on a weekend marathon of A Different World. I guess it goes without saying, but it’s hard to find shows like that on television today. The show started as a spin-off to The Cosby Show and grew to stand firmly on its own. Set at the fictional HBCU Hillman College, it has been credited with the increase in enrollment of historically black colleges and universities in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
One of the great things about the show was the growth and development of the characters one would expect to see on a college campus. College can be an opportunity to grow or in a sense, find who you are by allowing you to enter a different world from what you’ve been use to. No parents to tell you what to do or how to do it. (No pun intended) And although college isn’t for everybody, it can allow one to really develop as a person and see the world and life from a different perspective.
It’s also key to understand that it’s also a different world once you graduate/leave college. Now you are responsible for you. Life can be a beast and if you are not prepared, it will chew you up and spit you out. Take everyday as an opportunity to learn and compete in everything as if you were competing against your classmates. Although no one is issuing grades, someone notices and appreciates that hard work. You never know where life will lead you. As the American writer Orison Swett Marden stated, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” Peace & Love!!!
by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings