A Day in the Life of Miss Dillard University – Part II: Challenges

Miss Dillard University 2012-2013, Johne'tra Trotter, participates in community service projects on and off-campus.

Miss Dillard University 2012-2013, Johne’tra Trotter, participates in community service projects on and off-campus.

By Johne’tra Trotter
Miss Dillard University 2012-2013

For nearly four years now, I have suffered from chronic illness that severely affects my energy level. I always try my best to cover it and put forth my most sincere effort. Some days are unpredictable and I just do not feel well. It can be incredibly hard to do the simplest things like getting out of bed or getting dressed. Many times I have experienced not being able to show up for classes, meetings, or events due to illness and/or frequent doctor’s appointments. And, many times I get discouraged and frustrated.

As I mentioned, I am a physics major. With an already tough curriculum, I took on 22 credit hours to ensure I meet my graduation requirements. With illness and Queenly duties, going to class and completing assignments can turn into a daunting task.

On top of that, I am active in extra curricular activities. I am a four-time LS—LAMP STEM research scholar, member of the Delta Phi chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, National Society of Black Engineers, National Institute of Science, and Sigma Pi Sigma and Beta Kappa Chi national honor societies. I also serve on the Student Government Association as Miss Dillard University.

It is pretty amazing to be viewed as superwoman and an inspiration. When you are elected into a position, you no longer represent yourself! At times it is overwhelming to be put under a microscope day-to-day. It certainly does not help when you are a perfectionist like myself.

Johne’tra Trotter is Miss Dillard University 2012-2013 and a senior majoring in Physics. She is also the first HBCU Queen to blog for Queen to Queen, Inc. For information on how you can be a guest blogger, visit Write for Us or send an email to PublicRelations@QueentoQueen.com.