Photo credit to: Newhouse.syr.edu
Oprah Winfrey is an absolutely fabulous woman. That is how I am going to connect this blog post to my general health/fitness and staying fabulous theme.
On Monday, September 29, Oprah came to my school-- Syracuse University. She came to dedicate the new $18 million renovation project to our Newhouse 2 building.
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is a renowned communications school that is a part of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. I have always been a proud student of Newhouse, but now, I am an even prouder one after Monday's huge event.
The media queen, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist, Oprah, has well earned her fame. I believe Oprah is the most influential woman in this world and inspires so many people to go out and be their best everyday regardless of what they have or don't have.
Due to her years and years of TV presence, Oprah was asked to cut the ribbon for The Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation on Monday. It seems fair that she, if anyone would be able to influence such an enormously packed crowd of Newhouse alums, current students, professors and city residents with her genuine words of wisdom.
The renovations to Newhouse 2 include, among many other things, five state-of-the-art television recording studios.
With the blazing hot sun beating down, under a crystal clear, blue sky, Oprah just lit up the outdoor stage where she spoke to the thousands of people. This feeling of excitement (that Oprah was a visible distance away from me and not on a TV screen) and driving force vibe swam through my body like no other when I saw her.
When she finally left SU, she made her way for a surprise visit to Syracuse's South Side, the Mary Nelson Youth Center. After meeting the supervisor of the Center and hearing all that this woman does with very little that she has, Oprah felt pity. She donated a $100,000 check out of the pure kindness of her heart.
Wow. That is still the only word that creeps into my head whenever I stop and think about that true fact that Oprah made an inspirational appearance at my school.
Oprah Winfrey is such a truly fabulous individual and I live by her morals and values each and everyday in my own life. I try to be the very best that I can be. This proves to me that being a happy and healthy person does not simply mean eating healthy and exercising properly, it goes beyond that. Giving to others less fortunate than you and acting as a role model is another healthy way of living that everyone should consider.