Romeo Conner Interview 

My name is Romeo Conner

I’m 21 years old and I’m a college student Purdue University

What inspires you everyday
It sounds a little cliche, but I would have to say my mom. She has worked to jobs by herself to support my siblings and does whatever she has to do to help us in life. Seeing her struggle makes me motivated to push through college and get the degree and show her that because of her I got this far and advance further until I make something of myself.

What is something you would change about people in the world

That’s a really difficult question. Because everyone is their own person. Everyone lives a different lifestyle and have different beliefs. I guess I wish people would live their own lives. I see a lot of friends and family listen to everyone’s opinion about what they should and shouldn’t do in the future. I feel like your not truly living life to the fullest  if your not doing what makes you happy. It’s similar to what Taraji B. Henson said once. That if you let people project their fear onto you, you wont make it.

How do you feel about people in the world

There some people you will meet in your life that will be kind, supporting, and loyal. However, people can be just as evil. There will always at least one person who you come across and you could be the nicest most successful person in the world. And you know what they will wish for your downfall. Sometimes they just project fear and doubt to see you fail. However, don’t let these people be a source of negativity that could prevent you from climbing up to your goal. The biggest revenge you could

Do to someone like that is to prove them wrong. You need to learn to love yourself and know that you are intelligent, you are ambitious, and that nobody can stop you from achieving your goals. Once you do learn this, the obstacles that seemed far to challenging will seem like a breeze. Life’s not easy and some people around you will make your life a living he’ll, but once you discover the source a negativity in your life, block it out of your life.

What is something you’ve struggled with in life

I would definitely say working two jobs and working full time while going to school full-time. It was one of the most frustrating and difficult thing I’ve done. Because I was living at an apartment that kept adding more money to the rent. I had to find a job that would pay better than the ones the school offered. I decided to work at UPS which I initially worked as part time along with working at the YMCA. My schedule involved waking up at 3 in the morning. Then as soon as my shift was up I had To quickly drive to school. After school quickly head to YMCA locations. After the summer I didn’t have to work for the YMCA. So I stopped working there and worked for UPS because I made more money. I also attended a summer semester because my grades were not where I wanted them to be at. It was still difficult because there wasn’t a day other than the weekends that I didn’t get at least 6 hours of sleep. Things got worse when winter hit. Without question the supervisors decided to have me work Full-time. I really needed the money to care of myself, but I would only get 2-3 hours of sleep a day. Couple of weeks working full-time, I was really depressed. I couldn’t get any sleep. I didn’t like the school I was staying at the time. Eventually I started to develop an attitude with everyone. I just wasn’t happy. Eventually I had quit for my own sanity. Though I didn’t like the experience, I’m glad I did this. Because I was force to really depend on myself to provide for me. And I know not

Many people could do I what did. I was able to somehow maintain decent grades. I made over $800 a week. I am now transferred to a well known college Purdue University.

What is a positive message you would give others

Take risks. Obviously I’m saying jump off a bridge. But sometimes there will come a time where you have get out of your comfort zone to advance yourself in life. Whether is to travel to a new state or a country even to work on some project. Your not going to see yourself getting anywhere if you don’t take a chance. And even if you don’t think you messed up, just take it as a learning experience and not as a experience that will make you doubt yourself. There are plenty of opportunities you just

to take that leap of faith and you will see yourself soar.

Last question if you could make a difference in the world how would you do that

I honestly don’t know. I think the best thing to do to make a difference is to start speaking up about issues like race, gender, inequality, etc. I know I haven’t been doing that much when it comes to speaking up and I know several others as well that do the same thing. And it’s mainly because we don’t want conflict. But, as I continue to grow I realized that there is going to be conflict regardless the only difference is I could help out and reduce something like racism. So I think it starts

with people who need to speak up, myself included. So we can all come together and find more solutions because as of right now it is the same song and dance everyday. Too many people being racially profile, treated poorly killed. It really does get tiresome.

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