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Cracking the code to living prosperous during college years

Mckenzie Hughes

Sophomore Kenneth Clack understands the importance of community and frendship in living his best during his college years.

Living prosperously in college isn’t easy, but sophomore business major Kenneth Clack might have cracked the code to flourishing in your college community.  

“The importance of community is a space that a person can feel loved and connected to. Having a group of people that not necessarily all look alike or think alike but just having a group of people that you can depend on when you’re having a bad day, they can uplift you,” Clack said. “We’re all going through things in life and so it’s important you have your community that can encourage you and help you fight when you can’t fight for yourself.”

Clack shared that, “When my grandfather died, the director of cultural affairs showed up to the funeral and supported me in time of my need. Some other people in other administrative offices sent cards and letters and took the time to reach out and connect to make sure I had everything I needed during my recent health battles. That is the basis of community. Showing up when we face conflict in our lives.” 

Clack is involved in many clubs on campus including being the president of United Voices of Praise, the SOLO Events Committee, Reaching to Achievement and Committed to Excellence Program, and is a senator of intercultural affairs in the Student Government Association. 

Faith is a central aspect of living a fulfilling and meaningful life for Clack. Leaning into God’s word and his personal faith has brought him into areas he never thought he would go.

Clack explained, “The choir is something I do that I think uplifts people because faith is so strong to me I would love to share that with others. The choir is made up of many people who believe and don’t believe. It’s made up of many denominations of people and there’s people who have never been to church and who don’t know how to get back into the church and so it’s been a great thing to minister and bring lessons to them and it also gives me a chance to increase my own faith.” 

Being a part of many different communities has influenced how Clack lives, yet it has raised new ideas on how Tech could potentially change to benefit all students alike. 

“We have to change our mindsets and how we think. We are all more alike than we are different. We all come from different walks of life but there are certain things that we can each relate to in different areas of our life,” said Clack. 

“Simply saying hello to somebody. Just speaking to people you have never spoken to before and randomly in the hallway. Friends or not, we will be much better off and can set aside differences to become better people.”