One person who has had a significant influence on me is my now deceased friend, Jameela Tucker. She was my roommate at South Carolina State University’s Bridge Project 2009. In the short, but personal, two weeks we spent as roommates, she taught me patience and teamwork.
I had a tendency to want things to be done when I wanted them to be done. Jameela, however, was the complete opposite. She could wait without complaining or fidgeting. I saw how calmly she waited for the cafeteria to open while I was agitated. After this experience, I became more patient. Together we learned the value of teamwork. It was our responsibility to get to class on time to stay in the program. We both slept hard, so we developed a system to wake up on time. We exchanged numbers and called each other in the mornings. Teamwork was major given the fact that if we hadn’t worked together, one of us, or possibly both of us, would have gone home early for being tardy.
Jameela also influenced my life when she taught me to truly value friendships. When I got back to school, another friend of mine, Veronica, and I weren’t speaking. On October 31, 2009, Jameela died and I realized that she could have easily been me or Veronica. Our dispute quickly diminished. Jameela’s death caught me off guard and I did not get the chance to say good bye, but the difference she made in my world will always live.