The Beauty of Ass Power

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Stories from THREAD @ Yale is a four-part series about the life lessons I gained while applying to THREAD, racing to meet the tuition deadline, and sitting side by side with other non-fiction storytellers. They are not new or groundbreaking lessons, but God thought I needed to relive and relearn them.

My Afro was out, my lips were popping red, and I was nervous.

Nervous about what to expect, and whom I’d meet. I had read the bios of my colleagues and they had left me wondering, “Dear Jesus, what have I accomplished with my life?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty dope, but I don’t always feel it. So I walked into the welcome reception looking dope and feeling anxious.

I spotted the nametag table and immediately went for it. It was a good place to stall while I skimmed the room, but I can only write my name for so long. The lady at the table gave me my drink tickets, and I figured standing in line for a glass of wine would be my next stalling move. I joined the line. Then I couldn’t take it anymore. Nerves or not, I am an extrovert, and I am around people, I had to engage. I turned to the guy standing next to me in line, introduced myself and asked for his name. While we spoke, I literally pulled a few more humans into our conversation, because at this point, I had drawn all the energy I needed, and nerves be damned. I discovered that one of the ladies I pulled into the conversation was a writer for mater mea. Small world!

The welcome reception mirrored majority of my time in the program. I had a great time and met highly respected figures like Jill Abramson, Glynn Washington, and Nicole Hannah-Jones. I learned story techniques, how to pitch, what story scabs to pick, how to identify a story within a topic etc., but my biggest lessons while on the grounds of Yale were introspective. Before I left for New Haven, I told myself “I’m not going to Yale or paying that much money just for the name or to come back disconcerted and disappointed.” So I made a list of what I wanted out of the program, and these were my asks.

With these at the back of my mind, I went to THREAD, and the entire experience was beautiful, eye-opening and overwhelming. I got everything on my ask list, and was also reminded of the following:

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Writer + Editor. Musings on Faith, Feminism & Entrepreneurship | My life’s broken pieces sprinkled w/ silver lining perspectives @ http://www.adeolafadumiye.com

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AdeOla Crystiana Fadumiye

Writer + Editor. Musings on Faith, Feminism & Entrepreneurship | My life’s broken pieces sprinkled w/ silver lining perspectives @ http://www.adeolafadumiye.com