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by Jea­nine De­Honey DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine As fall ar­rives, a meta­mor­pho­sis be­gins and the un­hur­ried pace of sum­mer now be­comes fast paced and full of end­less re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. There’s school, ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, study­ing, train­ing pro­grams, au­di­tions, ap­pren­ti­ships, etc., and it can seem like a jug­gling act as you write your name in the sky and leave your in­deli­ble mark on this

world. Nonethe­less, as you live your dreams and move closer to­ward your goals, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber to, “Take Five.” Just as a dire ctor of a movie would say to his or he ac­tors on set, “Take Five,” so that they can be at their op­ti­mum to com plete a scene, the same goes for

you. Five min­utes may seem like too lit­tle time to ac­com­plish much, but within five min­utes you can recharge your emo­tional and phys­i­cal energy, re­group, reeval­u­ate, and re­flect be­fore you go on to con­quer your tasks. So take a seat in your di­rec­tor’s chair ev­ery now and then and re­mind your­self to, “Take Five.” By do­ing so, you’ll never get to the point of be­ing so over­whelmed that it causes your progress to come to a frus­trated stand still. In­stead, those five min­utes will in­fuse you with the in­ter­nal qual­i­ties you need; con­fi­dence, en­thu­si­asm, and fo­cus to move for­ward pur­pose­fully, aca­dem­i­cally, cre atively and pro­fes­sion­ally. Here is a list of nine things you can do when it’s time to, “Take Five,” to recharge your spirit dur­ing life’s lit­tlest mo­ments.

4.Count it all joy. It’s easy to con­cen­trate on your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and side­step joy. Such a bad idea! Search for it, and em­brace it in the midst of your day. Joy will make ev­ery­thing tol­er­a­ble, es­pe­cially when your day is busy from sunup to sun­down. Prompt your gig­gle me­ter with a funny you-tube video, laugh with a friend, or re­mem­ber some­thing funny that hap­pened while on sum­mer va­ca­tion. Just take five min­utes to count it all joy.

*The Gospel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion has an­nounced the nom­i­na­tions for the 46th An­nual Dove Awards. Le­crae has gar­nered a whop­ping 7 nom­i­na­tions for his al­bum “ANOMALLY.” Right be­hind him is for­mer la­bel mate Derek Mi­nor who was nom­i­nated for his al­bum “EM­PIRE.”

* What school will give me the best ed­u­ca­tion? * Where can I see my­self hav­ing the best time? * Is the cam­pus go­ing to pro­vide all of my needs? * What can I get from at­tend­ing this univer­sity?

His­tor­i­cally, black col­leges and uni­ver­si­tiesi­iti re­min­did you tto never for­get where you have come from. It pro­vides you with a deeper, more per­sonal con­nec­tion to your past as an African Amer­i­can liv­ing in a so­ci­ety where you face in­jus­tice on a daily ba­sis. I have never been more em­pa­thetic and knowl­edge­able about the African Amer­i­can com­mu­nity and all of the is­sues we face to­day un­til I em­barked on my jour­ney at an HBCU. I was ig­no­rant to the buoy­ant po­tency that forms the en­dur­ing history of blacks. HBCUs opened my eyes to the rev­e­la­tion of how proud and beau­ti­ful it is to be an African Amer­i­can woman. DT

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