From my 9th floor apartment window I have a wide view of the Meharry campus, the surrounding neighborhood, and the tops of skyscrapers etching Nashville’s downtown skyline. A view such as this certainly puts things into context. I’ve been thinking lately on the nature of new beginnings, as it seems much is transforming around here at Meharry. With a new generation of students, multiple new buildings being built, a new curriculum in effect, and many new rhythms driving our lives, a kind of rebirth seems to be taking place.
To be frank, many are concerned about our upcoming accreditation and whispering about what future changes might be in store for us as students and as professionals. I do not have quick answers to these questions, but I do know that the shape of our future will only be as great as our vision of it. We cannot wait for the world to impress us; we must first impress the world. Accolades and recognition will come only after we have proved that we have earned them.
So what really does this all mean? What this means is that at this point in time, we are collectively in a unique position to transform ourselves into the people or institution we wish to become; we must simply put our ideas into action—well thought-out and deft action. Undoubtedly, change takes much effort, but several minds working toward the same cause make things happen much more quickly and with much more force.
I don’t mean to belabor any one point, I only intend to encourage our greatness. To remind my fellow Meharrians that this new era is a chance for us to write out our futures, not to wait for them, idly, to come to us. Do not complain about what is wrong; find out what needs to be done and do it. We are all here, after all, to make life better for each other and for ourselves.
I am reminded of a saying (I confess I don’t remember where I heard it), paraphrased, “the thing about transformation is that it begins, but it never ends.” Let us do brilliant things together that makes us proud to say we are Meharrians, brilliant things we can look back on and say, “Yes, we were a part of the Meharry Renaissance.”
Christopher Salib, MSII
Editor-in-Chief, The Pulse