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What does the world need to know about you?
My name is Sloane Fair and I am a 3rd-year student at Capital University studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I am 21 years old and was born and raised here in Columbus, Ohio. To say my mother and father are my world is an understatement. They are my sanity and I rely on them so much and always will. They always preach the importance of getting a college degree and going into a field that I love because they don’t wake up every morning wanting to go to work. They teach me even at the age of 21 and I will always rely on them for support!
From a very early age I have always seen myself doing something meaningful for society; a world change agent I would call it.
Now that I am experiencing life and all that it has to offer at my current age, I continue to be blessed with opportunities to do just that. I am involved in an organization called the Central Ohio Young Black Democrats serving as the Community Outreach co-chair which has been feeding my love to communicate effectively to the masses as well as serve a purpose in society today. I am learning about me every day and its raw and so beautiful.
Along with COYBD I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. I was fortunate enough to become a member in the fall of 2015. With any decision that I have made thus far I have realized just how important it is to immerse myself in experiences and anything that I seek to do wholeheartedly. This decision was no different. To be surrounded by women young and old who are so wise and positive has been a blessing. Like I said before, I believe the company that I keep has a direct impact on my life. I am fortunate to be a part of a sisterhood that aids in my growth every day. I evolve every day, I learn every day and to be able to soak up positivity and wisdom every day from strong women is beautiful and I welcome it with a warm embrace. Always will.
As a Capital student I am a tour guide and work closely with the administrators at Capital, including our new President. There are several representatives who work closely with helping our new president transition into her new role and I am one of them. With this opportunity it is really based on communicating with multiple stakeholders and the University community. This is one of the ways that my craving to communicate and speak is being tended too! I also am a tour guide and talk about Capital all day, every day to people. As tiring as talking may seem when you do it all day, I love every second of it!resident transition into her new role and I am one of them. With this opportunity it is really based on communicating with multiple stakeholders and the University community. This is one of the ways that my craving to communicate and speak is being tended too! I also am a tour guide and talk about Capital all day, every day to people. As tiring as talking may seem when you do it all day, I love every second of it!
What inspired you to pursue everything that you’re involved in?
If you would have asked me this question a week ago I would have been talking about how I would change the world through teaching. Don’t get me wrong, children are our future and I will preach that until my face turns blue. I liked becoming a teacher, but I didn’t love it. It had nothing to do with the professors or the classes it had everything to do with me, my talks with Jesus and the gifts that he has blessed me with. As a Capital student I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities to communicate and express myself through verbal and non-verbal communication. I believe that my voice is my gift. My communication skills when talking to anyone about anything is what has inspired me to pursue a career in communications.[As far as COYBD] I joined this organization because I wanted to inform the community as much as possible about issues and resources that are available! I know as an incoming college student, for example, I didn’t think to join an organization such as this one. As I’ve grown and become older I see the importance of being an advocate through the community, especially as a young black woman and a democrat! This organization has not only opened a door for me to become more knowledgeable and network, it also gives me an opportunity to share what I continue to learn along the way to the community through outreach!
Why is your work so important to your community?
My work for COYBD involves me reaching out to my community. I believe that every young person’s perspective is just as important as the next. I believe that my work not only benefits and feeds my passion, it also allows me to continue to help my community just as much.
What one piece of advice would you give to young women of color pursuing their dreams?
Follow your dreams, as short and sweet as that is. There is beauty in being successful and doing what you love. No matter how difficult the road will be, and life isn’t a cakewalk, but hold on to how good that dream, passion etc. makes you feel.
It is a craving that is so addicting and wonderful. Never lose sight of that, never lose hold of that, because no one can take away what has been placed on your heart and soul.
How do you stay grounded, being involved in so many different things?
Prayer. Meditating and talking with Jesus has helped me first and foremost. Surrounding myself with people who are positive and uplifting. I believe that the company that I keep is important when staying grounded
and keeping my eyes on the prize. I also write. I write about life, love pretty much anything that has taken up a lot of my mental space and needs to be released. It’s a great stress reliever.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles you’ve faced?
Sometimes my credibility is questioned because I am a woman. I sort of have to prove myself to other people to seem relevant or knowledgeable which can be hard to swallow sometimes.
What do you find most rewarding in your efforts?
Communicating with so many people and bouncing knowledge off of one another. I love to learn and experience new things, and with that, every situation is a learning experience in itself. With every opportunity to be involved and experience life I take it as an opportunity to grow and work at my craft.
What’s next for you?
Finishing my undergrad degree at Capital University which I am eagerly waiting to do! I am going to continue to be a change agent and be involved in organizations such as COYBD. I want to continue to grow and learn about as much as I can, as well as continue to learn about myself continuously:
I stare at myself more often than not, in admiration , appreciation for the way my body curves like the sand dunes in the eastern hemisphere…
that show me more than what I look like in the morning..
perfectly painted toes..
my legs that go on for days intricately connected to my hips…
covered in coco, brown…
it fits me well if I do say so myself…
arms eager to hug..wrap around and tug…
nimble and intricate ..
lips always fixed with a smile even if I don’t mean to smile..
nose eyes hair…
short sweet and edgy..
a reflection of me…
fascinating, from head to toe I am in love if there was ever a single definition of love I believe I have found it, deep inside me…
in my reflection..in a mirror..mirror mirror on the wall I am the fairest of them all…
a cocoa covered princess from head to toe there is no need to hear it from anyone else you see…
a realization long overdue…
every morning..in the flesh..just skin…
undressed..I am perfection.
Check out Sloanes Letter to the Editor on Gender pay disparities in the Columbus Dispatch:
Writing page: thes3cr3tgarden.tumblr.com
Facebook: Sloane Fair