As I reflect back to my freshman year, I can vividly recollect meeting a woman so miraculous, that like a butterfly going through metamorphosis, my life was completely transformed. That woman was none other than Mrs. Crystal Carter. The first time I met Mrs. Carter I didn’t know who she was. She was presenting about Project Threshold but I tuned her out completely. Little did I know, I was going to be in her office a month down the road seeking help that only she could provide. To make a long story short, I was failing a class that I needed for the pre-med track. In all honesty, this class had began to drain me of the fuel I had to succeed in college.
Thankfully, God spoke to me. He sent me a sign that I was on the wrong path, and that I should change my major. Moreover, as I continued to wrestle with what I should change my major to, I went to talk with Mrs. Carter. The major she advised me to change to was Human Relations. She had confirmed for me what God had already told me. Mrs. Carter helped me find a major suited for me, and sent me down a path to discovering my passion and walking in my purpose.
Furthermore, Mrs. Carter was the only person (outside of my grandmother) who knew that I was battling depression—and losing. The stress stemming from performing poorly in one of my classes was bearing down upon me, and the darkness threatened to consume me. I was just about done. I was ready to give up on life. After multiple one-on-one sessions with Mrs. Carter, she made me believe that winning the fight I was losing with depression was worth it. Mrs. Carter was the one that reached out her hand and pulled me out of the pit that had me trapped. She took me in and gave me a safe place to call home. The community constructed by the students in her office became my new family. You could say Mrs. Carter breathed life back into my body that was perishing from emotional turmoil.
I will always be grateful for the Project Threshold program. Not only have the resources provided by Project Threshold such as exemplary tutors, free printing, and computer access been incredibly helpful to me as a student, Project Threshold gave me something far more valuable than the most precious jewels—community.
All in all, due to the synergistic combination of the sense of community I found in Project Threshold and the family I found in Mrs. Carter, I am the reigning Mister Black OU, I am a third-year Resident Adviser, I have a 3.97 GPA, I’ve been on both the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll since I was a freshman, and now I am a senior Human Relations major perfectly poised for graduation in May 2019. This is my story.