Identity and Then Some

I hope everyone enjoyed the last series as much as I did….. It was important for me to take a step back and play a different role – the listener/reader. I have gotten somewhat comfortable with telling my own stories and sometimes one can get caught up in the whole “talk talk” like my people will say. With that said, I have been working on another project on an institutional level (we’re moving up friends.) For those that have somehow missed it, I work at Maryville College which is located in Maryville, Tennessee about 20 minutes away from the Great Smokey Mountains. I’m surrounded by beautiful mountains and a rather inconsistent weather pattern, but that’s a story for another day. Back to my story though, I was really impressed with the reception the last series got and so, I was inspired to provide a platform where our campus community members could share their own stories. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m a prodder, but I think of it along the lines of Master Encourager. Some people need a little more “encouragement” than others to share and since I had the gift, I didn’t want it to go to waste.

I did some ground work and put forth a proposal for an annual campus initiative called Identity Week. Thanks to my loving community, this proposal was picked up and here we are on day 1 of Maryville College’s Identity Week 2015. This week will allow students, staff, faculty and administration to connect on a whole different level by sharing their identity in form of photos and stories. What I have found is that people want to tell stories about themselves and their experiences, they just need to be provided with the opportunity to do so.

Here’s what my photo/short narrative looks like:

Onyeka 1

In my regular prodding self, I encourage you to do a couple of things:

1) Visit our website here

2) If you’re on Facebook then , please stop by and like our page

3) Our Instagram page is craving your attention too, so follow us @mcidentity

4) Sit for a minute and think about what defines you. What is your essence grounded upon and shoot me an email at onyekaononye@gmail.com and let’s have our own Identity Week here on the blog!

PS: Something big is coming to the blog soon……..wait for it!!!

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