Hello lovely people,

September has come in like a freight train, with hurricanes, the unrelenting heat and teachers deciding we know enough to give us tests. I’ve been getting through with the soundtrack of my childhood, the 1997 version of Cinderella with Brandy and the immortal Whitney Houston. I’m honestly surprised none of the lyrics snuck into any of the articles.

On that note, this issue is full of “impossible” stories, from Jay-Z supposedly going soft (kidding) to young black female entrepreneurs hustling their way through college. There is also a quick article on NC State doing something good concerning minorities. *sips tea*

This week, you’ll find a moving story of one student’s struggle with depression and accepting the help she needed. I want everyone to take a moment to check in with themselves and with the people you love. Remember that just because someone is laughing and smiling on the outside doesn’t mean they’re okay inside. Sometimes the strongest people in your life are the ones who need the most help, and there is nothing wrong with that.

We all have our own personal struggles, but we all have the dreams we hold close. Whether that dream is to do the baddest head of hair at NC State or go on to run a center for, say, African American culture, you’re at a good starting place. Lucky for us, we go to a university that has all kinds of resources that are designed to help us succeed, like OIED and the Counseling Center. I can’t say this enough; take advantage of those resources! You pay for them!

As Whitney Houston said, “a slipper made of glass is just a shoe, and dreamers never make their dreams come true.” So dream hard, but hustle harder, and if you need to take a minute for you, that’s just fine.