Community, I would say at NC State, deals
first and foremost with solidarity, and being with people, and a lot of that
comes with empathy, which sometimes we have to learn. Sometimes it comes naturally.
But I think a source of community is empathy. To look at someone and
to say, you know, “I’m here,” to see, you know, other people of color out here and
celebrating each other, and our art. It feels good. — I think community is
everywhere on State. You just kind of have to find it and find your niche and
also contribute in those spaces which you’re good at. We’re students first, and
time may not give us the ability to be super creative, and trying to find a way
to squeeze it in, the community allows for those words of affirmation. — When I
first came on the floor I was just so happy. I was like, “Wow, everybody’s so
talented,” everybody’s doing something different and it’s clear that people, you
know, are putting their heart into it. It looks like hard work, and I know mine is
definitely hard work, so I can only imagine like, pieces that are bigger than
mine and more intricate than mine, people would definitely put love into it, so I’m
definitely glad to be able to be a part of something like this. — You know, to see
people willing to strengthen the community, it’s just important.
Community is everything. We are social creatures. We need people and people are
here and having a good time.