Striving to be a better man
By Gervarus Giles
With many assignments and midterms coming up, a few students in the BLG program wanted to find a way to relieve stress in order to focus more on schoolwork and grow closer to God. They decided to hold a wisdom retreat. Due to the fact that the students in the program don’t have weekly meetings anymore to help refresh their minds and stay on track, the event was much needed. During this night, they played basketball in Madonna’s gym and held a bible study as well.
One member of the program shared how appreciative he was for the opportunity to participate in the retreat.
“I am truly thankful for being able to play basketball after dealing with all the stress of homework and different assignments that I am responsible for. Also, being a religious man, I was excited about the bible study portion as well because I was able to teach a few others about the things I know about the bible and learn some new things too,” said DeCarlo Burris, Broadcast and Cinema Arts major.
Another member of the program expressed how thankful he was for the event because he wants to see more gatherings within the program.
“I love when we can all come together and have a good time, which is why I am truly thankful for this event,” said Alonte Sims, Sociology major.
Others took this experience more serious and personal because of their past experiences with negativity and bad influences in their surrounding environment.
“Back home, I never had a real role model to look up to. My environment was full of negativity and I feel like if I had not made the decision to come to college, I would have latched on to the negative ways around me. I’m glad that I have a brotherhood to look up to and the fact that I can have fun and learn more about religion at the same time is amazing to me,” said Jayson Grayson, Communication Studies major.
Bryant George, Director of the BLG Program, gave his input on the idea of the event and its success.
“When I first thought about the event, I wanted to create an opportunity for the guys to bond and also to gain a deeper understanding of brotherhood and wisdom. Without those two things, a mentoring program cannot succeed. I was glad that a lot of the guys were able to come out and participate with us and I am just happy with the success of the event,” said George.