{ Oh, the Places She'll Go! }

I came to Oberlin without really knowing anyone. Yet, before stepping foot on campus I felt as if I had already established a connection with Alex Cunningham. I didn't personally know Alex, but I read her blog posts. From them I'd deduced two assertions:
Alex was great and I wanted to be her friend.

Fast-forwarding to now, I just finished up an amazing freshman year of college, I'm a rising second-year, and Alex is a graduate of Oberlin College and the holder of a (well-earned) Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Africana Studies.

At Oberlin, and in life, we talk a lot about the importance of mentor/mentee relationships. The idea that someone who has gone before you can guide you on your way is really paramount to the tenets of community. Alex was one of my many mentors. She was who inspired me to apply, and eventually write, for the blogs. I wouldn't be writing this right now, or considering a career in composition if it wasn't for Alex.

She has pointed me in the direction of resources that have supported me in several endeavors I otherwise would not have been able to take on. She has comforted me in times of stress, brought me food, told me silly jokes off of Google, advised me on what classes to take and what to run from, and helped me to navigate campus politics, all while being the exceptional student, friend, and big sister she is.

I've been contemplating for a couple weeks on how I could adequately honor Alex and the legacy she's left behind. My conclusion is that the best way I can honor her is to continue the work she so humbly engaged in: to promote prosperity in the many communities we shared stake in. To be the best student, friend, community member, and human I can be would be to properly replicate how Alex goes about her day-to-day.

I may have lost (at least in proximity) a mentor, but the greater world gained a warrior for righteousness, armed with fearlessness, compassion, and love for all.

Thank you, Alex.

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Don't mind me crying over here. Yes to seeing blogger mentorships. Yes to those blogger friend crushes that turn into true friendships. Yes to the fact that Alex is endlessly here for her community. She has mentored me in so many ways too and I am going to miss her so much. Alex, when you read this, I love you and thank you.

And yes to your wisdom and always important blogs, Kameron. Thank you.

Posted by: Karalyn on June 19, 2016 2:56 PM

I'm crying all over again Kameron. I do agree with you on how amazing Alex is when it comes to being an amazing writer and encourager to her community. Be sure to take a page out of her book and pay it forward by doing the same. Much luck and many blessings.

As I have told Alex many times, I believe that one person can change the world. But really I mean, everyONE.

Love you,
Ms Ann

Posted by: Ms Ann on June 21, 2016 1:57 PM

Thank you as always for coming through with these beautiful words and encouragement Ms. Ann! I'm very flattered and honored that you all feel this way and it's making me blush all over again so thank you. Kam, I echo Mama Ann's sentiments-- you are a game changer and you can (and will) go forward to continue to do amazing things with all my blessings and support!

Posted by: Alexandria Cunningham '16 on July 20, 2016 11:58 PM

I apologize for being a month late on responding to this beautiful and far too generous of a compliment but it has me crying all over again! Karalyn, thank you. At the end of the day, I just try to look out for who I can and be true to what I believe and am about. I'm glad that has touched the both of you in lasting ways and that is something that will forever stay with me. Thank y'all for being blog crushes to me and the best folks to be in a mutual mentoring relationship with. I love you (and miss you!) too Karalyn!!!

Posted by: Alexandria Cunningham '16 on July 21, 2016 12:01 AM

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