“We read to know we’re not alone” —William Nicholson
My grandma would read me bedtime stories and then end off with a verse or two from the bible, that’s where I was introduced to ‘thou’, ‘thee’ and ‘dost’. A couple of years later at 4 or 5, I would bring about ten books with my and sit in my grandmothers bedroom closet, use the flashlight and read. Fast forward to now, I’m still finding solace in the privacy of a confined space like a cubicle in the library or the corner of my bed. Only this time, the books have turned into phone apps and internet webpages.
From the moment I wake up, I’m reading. First I check my email for the UAlbany News Center. I’m probably the only student who doesn’t automatically delete this email. I like to know what’s going on in the UAlbany community. I also check my email for any emails from professors canceling class or reminding us to bring in a project. Next, I scroll down my notifications bar and read breaking news from my local station down in the city, WABC Eyewitness News. I like to keep up with the news down there because I have family there and I need to know what’s going on. Next, I toggle between the CNN and AP apps which basically always have the same news.
After all of that, I head to Facebook to read what silly things my friends are up to and other news I can find from another local news source, News 12 Brooklyn. I double click the home button on my iPhone and head to Twitter. I follow the Times Union so I can get local Capital Region news. It’s important that I know what’s going on around me. Most of the news is interesting. Twitter is also a good source for me to read what’s going on in my friends lives at the very moment. It’s quite interesting how as young adults most of us are having the same life experiences.
I read a lot of books on my iPad and also in print. No matter how far technology progresses, there is nothing like curling up with a good book. I like historical books and other non-fiction books that I can learn valuable information from. Currently, I am between “The Warmth of Other Sons” by Isabel Wilkerson, which details the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North. It was on a list of recommended books for an Africana Studies course I had last semester. The other book, “The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities” by Lawrence Ross. It was recommended to me by my mentor who is a member of a greek organization under the Divine Nine. The history of these organizations interest me.
As you can see, I read a bit of everything. My reading helps me engage in conversations with my peers of different backgrounds. My mom and grandma always taught me that it’s good to have something to contribute to a discussion so I should know as much as I can about any given topic. They also taught me that someone who can read well can write well and can also speak well. So there you have it. That’s what I read!