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The Expensive Habit of Higher Education

So I've been applying to scholarships like a madman. I've applied for loans and credit cards all in attempts to raise the funding to get to London to study at the glorious Guildhall School of Music. I've almost felt that for short term programme persons (who don't qualify for financial aid) that this is a testing, a perusing of character to see if the grit and determination to succeed at the school is explored in how one deals with the financial burden to attend without being given the means to pursue it.


Some scholarships take one click and then there's the almighty Fulbright which took two weeks of applied research, writing, essays, and knowledge.


The most recent one was a fun little thing where you have to use pictures answering the question: "What can the younger generation teach older generation?" I enjoy that which provokes thought and allows for exploration so I thought I'd use some photography which was taken for my upcoming album whose name we have not revealed yet. The single on it is called "Choices" and I shared a sample of it on my social media but I am amiss and have not shared it on my site! I will rectify that shortly.


But here are the pictures with their responses to "What can the younger generation teach older generation?"



This was taken by Palestinian Storyteller, Videographer, Actress, and Activist Fidaa Ataya. The photoshoot was directed remotely by Kenyan Photographer Billy Miaron.


I'd purchased the garb in Manchester, New Hampshire at an african food shop just the day prior. It reminded me of the Maasa of Kenya. The fabric and color were fabulous and I liked how loud it was. Here is the text which I submitted for the scholarship:


Don’t die with your dreams on the inside. Life is hard but life is opportunity-rich. Like Mr. Mummy below [above] don’t go out without showing out - make your life count! #choices #album #motivation ##ExmedScholarship #inspiration #socopoprecordsllc#exmed.net/500



This was taken by Palestinian Storyteller, Videographer, Actress, and Activist Fidaa Ataya. The photoshoot was directed remotely by Kenyan Photographer Billy Miaron.


The home belongs to my Patron of the Arts Margaret T. I stuffed my belly with an old shirt and slapped this very warm scarf given to me by a special someone in my life...lol. Grabbed an ol' walking stick and got into character. If you look carefully you can see a little old man's face in the walking stick staring at the picture in my hand. Here's the text created for the scholarship for this picture.


When it's all been said and done, will you have said more than you've done? Don't look back in regret. Look back satisfied at what you accomplished. Hint: See Below [above]! #choices#motivation ##ExmedScholarship #inspiration #socopoprecordsllc#exmed.net/500



This was taken by Palestinian Storyteller, Videographer, Actress, and Activist Fidaa Ataya. The photoshoot was directed remotely by Kenyan Photographer Billy Miaron.


The concept is that we can only change ourselves. We can influence others but until they decide that something needs to change, nothing will. I've experienced the pain of pushing someone to a level they're not ready to travel yet and it's destructive. A blessing before it's time is a curse. I look here in the mirror because it's the place I can effect the most change.


The scholarship text said,


"Do something today your future self will thank you for. The only person we can change is the man in the mirror. We can only change ourselves and effect our immediate circle of influence. What effect are you having around you? #choices #album #motivation ##ExmedScholarship #inspiration #socopoprecordsllc#exmed.net/500"


It's an ongoing discovery of self and exploration that a thousand lifetimes could enjoy. I just found out that my best friend's mom in Cameroon (Rodrigue), passed away after being in a coma for three years. I found out as soon as I woke up and my waking was filled with tears. It makes me upset at the nature of life where some are given to misfortune simply because of where they were born.


I dream and work as I do to ensure that everywhere is a platform for our inevitable becoming.


I write today's post in memory of "Maman Beti". She was kind to me in Cameroon and had such a cheerful spirit. One day being born in Africa won't be a curse. One day true freedom, true justice, and true synergy will be the norm in our weary, hungry world.


One day...

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