I wasn’t sure if I was going to post about this, but it was my first award show, so I thought, why not?

I think it was about only a week or two before when I found out that the people on the ASHE committee had to present an award. I was pretty scared at first and a few of my friends backed out of presenting. Of course, the thoughts going through my head were, this could be my one and only time to present at an awards show. Why not take a chance (even though I am pretty introverted) and do something that may seem scary, but might actually turn out to be fun? So, I did it.

My outfit consisted of a silver long sleeved dress (from Windsor) paired with a cute pair of black heeled boots (from off-broadway) with a black choker and some dangly silver earrings. For my hair, I did a twist out style and for my make-up, I did full-face with a hint of silver eye-shadow.

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The award show took place in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s campus. I had to be there about an hour earlier to help with last minute set-up. My friends and I finished roping off the seats where the PSU alumni and the people on the ASHE committee would be sitting.

I got my card and made sure I could say the names of the nominees correctly without messing up. To be honest, that was my greatest fear. I was worried I would either say the names wrong or drop the award. And let me tell you, that award was glass!

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I kept practicing over and over backstage how I would present. I was the third person, so I needed to get my act together quickly. I decided to go with, “The nominees are…and the winner is…” as oppose to “These are the nominees…and the award goes to…” I know, there are more important things in life, but it seemed pretty significant at the time.

When they called my name, I could feel my heart pounding as I walked out on-stage and heard everyone clapping and my friends calling out my name. It felt absolutely amazing and I am so proud of myself for going through with it.

Here are a few pictures from the night (all photo credits go to Kenneth McCleveland on the ASHE committee at PSU {I don’t have his Instagram, unfortunately})

The night was packed full of amazing performances ranging from dancing, singing, rapping, and stepping. Along with the presentation of awards for categories, such as “Proud and Present” (active in the black community), “Best Couple” (self-explanatory), “Most Athletic Woman,” “Most Athletic Man,” “Mr. GQ” (Best dressed male), “Miss Vogue” (Best dressed female), and the list goes on and on.

My committee worked really hard for weeks planning it out and making sure it was a night to remember. It not only was my first award show, but also my first ASHE award show (which takes place every year in December). This year was the tenth anniversary of ASHE and many people were saying it’s the best one they’ve had yet!

In my opinion, the best part about ASHE is that it’s a chance to recognize and be proud of people in the black community. Being on a predominantly white campus can seem daunting at some points, but it makes it all worth it when we can come together and celebrate each other all night with alumni that have been in our place, graduated, and become successful. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had and I’m looking forward to attending the ASHE awards in years to come!

Signing Off,
Zoeysxo