18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
The Power of Narrative: Stories function in many ways. They can entertain us, they can make us think, and sometimes we use them to go to sleep. Among their many uses, however, it is clear that stories play a vital role in creating our sense of collective and individual identity. In other words, stories shape the way that we think and feel about our world, as well as how we relate to it and to others. Consider, for example, how stories often inspire and encourage us to act and move forward when it might be easier just to give up. Do you think Pitts' story of success is inspirational? Is it motivating? Below are some questions to help you reflect further on these issues.
The Role of Faith: Faith is one of those topics that can be difficult to understand. It is a concept that seems so simple, yet the effect that faith has upon us and our individual understandings of faith are often very complex. Just as our ideas about faith help to shape our identities, the expression of our faith tells others something about who we are or who we perceive ourselves to be. For Byron Pitts, faith plays an essential role in just about every aspect of his life. We can be faithful to an idea, a person or a religion, but what does that really mean? Below are some questions to help you reflect on this larger one.
Community and Culture: Pitts' narrative centers around the importance of community and culture in nurturing success. With the help of individuals who came into his life at pivotal moments, Pitts negotiated a difficult childhood growing up in inner-city Baltimore, starting college life with significant academic impediments, and the challenges of breaking into professional journalism during a time when there were very few African American correspondents on the news. His mentors broadened his sense of community while contributing to his individual successes. Taking Pitts' struggles and achievements as a test case, how much of a role do you believe community and culture play in shaping individual success?
Final Thought: What does it mean to "step out on nothing"?
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.