Kharrin Gale is a 20-year old junior from Newark, Delaware. She is an Education major with a concentration in English and Special Education. She has been Chapter President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for one year and is also involved in many other student organizations on campus. Miss Gale sat down with The Hornet Newspaper Staff on Friday, October 9th and gave us a brief introduction of who she is.
Hornet: Can we get to meet the woman behind the title?
Where were you born and what was your upbringing like?
Kharrin: I was born in Newark, Delaware. I have lived there my whole life. My upbringing was my parents; my mother my father and my sister. We lived in a household together. It was very simple, I had a nice little life. I went to the best schools.
Hornet: Who has been the greatest influence in your life that has impacted the woman you are today?
Kharrin: Honestly, my grandmother. My grandmother is an entrepreneur, she owns two restaurants. She influenced my life because she has taught me that no matter what your circumstances are you can still push through and still be successful. My grandmother had my mother when she was 15, she didn’t have much so for her to be able to push through and make what she wanted to make of herself inspires me.
Hornet: Can you tell us of your education history and what your goals or life ambitions were when you were a student in college?
Kharrin: I went to Howard High School Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. I studied Dental Assisting but I realized that I didn’t want to deal with Dental anymore. Now I’m here at Delaware State, studying education. I plan to be Superintendent, so that’s where I want to go in my future/my career.
Hornet: What was the most memorable point at a job/school?
Kharrin: The most memorable point would have to be my senior year of high school when I was working at Boston Market and I hated it. I decided that this isn’t what I want to do I wanted to have an actual career. I wanted to do something that I’m passionate about. So, that was a point in my life where I said ‘this is not it’. I came here and now I’m in my career path.
Hornet: Is this where you thought you’d be 5 or 10 years ago?
Kharrin: Yes. In high school, I knew that I wanted to go to college because I knew I had plans for my life. So, I knew I didn’t want to just be complacent. I didn’t want to have these jobs. I wanted to have a career so I knew I would get that through college.
Hornet: What informed your decision on doing what you’re doing now?
Kharrin: I have a passion for children in education. I believe that we need more effective teachers in our schools. I think that our children aren’t being paid enough attention to. They are being labeled with different labels. So, I want to change the education field. I want it to be more personal and more effective for our children. Ultimately, our kids are the future so if we bring them upright then we have a bright future ahead of us.
Hornet: What are your plans for the future?
Kharrin: I have to teach for 5 years and then I would go into Administration while working on my education leadership degree. Then I would have my doctorate and then I would go for Superintendent.
Hornet: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?
Kharrin: Honestly, our state of education needs work. We need to be paying more attention to the children instead of state testing and things of such. We need to make sure that our children are actually learning and retaining information instead of just passing the test. The state of higher education needs to be redefined.
Hornet: What does the future hold for America?
Kharrin: Honestly, the future for America we have a lot of work to do as a country. We need to make sure that we are more efficient in our Foreign Affairs, so that we are building those connections so we don’t have another World War. We need to make sure that everyone –all races, all genders have an equal opportunity. We need to make sure that everyone is included. The future for America would be more positive if we do more for each other.
Hornet: What are your thoughts on DACA and the policy of President Trump regarding the program?
Kharrin: I believe that if you were born in the U.S. that you are a citizen of the United States. I don’t think that if you are an immigrant that you have to be so ostracized and labeled and put aside and have to go through such a process just to have a citizenship. If you were born here, just like you and I, you deserve to have full citizenship regardless of where you come from or where your family comes from. I think DACA needs to be more considerate and that these immigrants are actually people. They’re not just ‘immigrants’ that are labeled as if something is wrong with them. They are still people and they are still here to get their education and they’re still here to have a better life. That’s what America is supposed to be right? People come to America to have a better life and create a life for their family. Why do they have to go through such a process to live a normal life?
Hornet: What are your hobbies or extracurricular activities?
Kharrin: I’m currently in eight to nine organizations on campus. I love to sing, that’s one of my hobbies. I like to help people because I’m a very compassionate and sympathetic person. So, if someone who needs a lending hand in an organization, I like to serve. I like to help others with my best ability because I know there is sometimes when I need help. So, I know that if someone is in need, then I can help in that way. I focus on serving others.
Hornet: Let us end this interview with your philosophy of life. How do you see this life and what principles get you grounded and moving forward?
Kharrin: I see this life as temporary because we are and we live our lives and then we’re gone. I believe that serving others and serving the community is very important. I think that’s how we work better together. I believe in good morals in all situations. The best decision will benefit others and me, so I try to do to the best of my ability what will work best for everyone, and what is the best thing to do.