I was pretty ambitious during my university years and did some crazy things, like running A.C.S. President at Warwick.
My 2nd Year at Warwick
It was a period in my life where I was popular and things were going really well for me.
- I spent a lot of time in the gym 🏋️
- I looked good 👌
- I felt good 👌
- I was enjoying myself 👌
Most of my friends at the time were in the African Caribbean Society, so I had become quite familiar with the organization.
Being that a lot of my friends were in A.C.S., I went to all the networking events and the parties– it was assumed that I’d be there. So, when the opportunity to run for A.C.S. president came up, of course, I took it.
There was two of us running at the time: myself and a serious lady called Catherine.
Between the two of us, I was expected to win. This is until later in the game when Rachel showed up.
Rachel was definitely a tough candidate. She was the type would prepare everything with serious thought.📋 It was a stark contrast to myself; I didn’t prepare for anything while I was running.
Why I Decided to Run
The truth is I got involved with the A.C.S. presidency because I thought it would be fun.
I thought it would look good on my resume.
The reality was, I had no serious intentions of running for the presidency. At the time I applied I didn’t really think it through. It was nothing more than an in-the-moment decision on my part.
The Presidential Presentation
I remember going to the presentation– all smiles and taking nothing seriously. I gave a speech saying something along the lines of, “I should be president because I’m extremely involved in all activities: you see me everywhere”.
Everyone laughed. 😆
I then went on to say, “I love to organize multiple events and I’d love to make sure that we expand our reach. I am the walking symbol of the inclusiveness of society because this isn’t only a race organization but a place where everyone can kind of come and be a part of.
Honestly, I was pretty proud of myself.
And then Rachel came in with
- A Power Point
- Definite plans
- A written speech 📣
My Standing in the Race
I started up in second place out of the three and it looked pretty good for me for a while there. In honesty, I would’ve won if Rachel had not entered late. The fact was, she hand some serious standing amongst the students.
- Her boyfriend was the president of the Law Society ☑️
- Her boyfriend’s best friend, J.G. was current president of the Law Society ☑️
- Deji, the former president of the A.C.S., was a friend of hers ☑️
And they were all backing Rachel.
I just had myself and my sheer popularity.
Unfortunately, I didn’t win. Regardless, it was a lot of fun and something I look back on fondly.
Some Past History that led to A.C.S.
I think there are some earlier reasons as to why I decided to throw my hat into the ring for the A.C.S. presidency. It traces back to when I was 16 years old and I began to develop my own sense of style.I was 100% going through the “find myself” phase to say the least.
It was during that phase when I started to record Grind. Grind being my British rap music. 🎵
At that time I ended up joining a music group that included James, Ben, Renee, and Lee.
Everyone in the group was either of African or Caribbean origin and there I was: the Indian kid.
I thought I fit in with these guys and I enjoyed being around them. At the same time, I began to flourish and open up. For the first time, I found a place where I belonged.
That influenced my fondness for people of African and Caribbean origin because that was where I found a bit of a home. It wasn’t something I had to fight to get into, I got in by right because I was good at music.
Being part of this group ultimately developed and changed some of my own, previous, influences. What I was interested in, the kind of women I was interested in: it all began with this group and developed from there. 🤝
Ultimately, that history placed a huge part in my later decision to be involved with A.C.S..