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Student Spotlight: Enoch Pink

August 10, 2018

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From the Summer 2018 issue of Western: The Magazine for Alumni of Western Illinois University


Enoch Pink
Senior Management Major
Resident Assistant
Inter-Hall Council
Co-President, Western First-Generation Students (W1GS)
Leadership Cabinet, Black Male Achievement Network (BMAN) initiative

My name is Enoch Pink. I am a senior at Western Illinois University, majoring in business management, and I am a proud Leatherneck.
Journeying the path of a Leatherneck has been monumental–learning, facing challenges and overcoming hurdles have been my road through this collegiate story. Along that path, I have always tried to examine what trail am I leaving behind.

My first year as a Leatherneck gave me an influx of enthusiasm. I ran for president of Tanner Hall, joined Inter-Hall Council (IHC) and met mentors who served as helping hands whenever I needed a boost of energy to carry on through the race. The first year came with challenges, as well. Being in complete control of your time can be hard to handle initially, and it doesn't get easier with time; you just get stronger shoulders. However, I put my best foot forward academically, socially and through extracurricular activities and it paid off. I persisted through to the first lap, and my year culminated with receiving the IHC Recognition Award, as well as one of two pendants given by the president of IHC to two outstanding newcomers.

Recently, my focus has been illuminating the path of others in the hopes of making their journey easier to navigate. My presence in the classroom is felt by every professor in each class I sit in. Participating as an attentive and active student is the runner's high that propels me forward. My outside involvement extends wide as co-president of Western's First-Generation Students (W1GS), a member of the leadership cabinet of the Black Male Achievement Network (BMAN) initiative and a resident assistant (RA) in Corbin/Olson. My path is one that I do not travel alone, but instead with many others who are like-minded and trying to reach the same goal.

My experience as an RA continues to give me valuable leadership skills that I can use long after I graduate. My role in BMAN allows me to remember that it is not enough to do well, you must help others throughout the process. And my experience in W1GS encourages me to always give voice to those who are overlooked.

The path of a Leatherneck is not easy, comfortable or quick, but it is a path that I have found solace in traveling and serves as guidance for others to come.

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