Student Spotlight: The Dreams That Live On

By Saeri Plagmann, Features Editor

What happened to the big dreams and admirable professions that people once aspired to? Most would blame it on age, saying that with experience comes a reality check that forces one to see how impractical dreams can be. Some goals seem out of reach because of a variety of circumstances, but in no way does that mean they are completely unachievable. Take Kairee Brown, for example, a senior at Kennedy, who continues to pursue his childhood dream of working in the acting or music industry.

Kennedy senior, Kairee Brown poses in front of his favorite kind of staff for Clarion editor and photographer Saeri Plagmann.

Growing up Kairee frequently moved from place to place. He had been introduced to multiple schools and faced several life-changing events, but what always stayed the same was his desire to be a part of something big. “I thought by this time I was gonna be an actor or singer. I never really put college into perspective, I always thought oh, I’m gonna be famous first. That’s obviously not how things worked out,” he admitted.

Very little had been done throughout his high school career to make his dream a reality, although his love for music had influenced him to play the flute from a young age. In his first year of high school in Long Beach, NY, he leaped at the opportunity to play in third chair second flute in the marching band which was “really good for a freshman” because higher positions such as those were usually for older students.

Now, after his second year at Kennedy and a member of the marching band, he holds one of the highest positions in the flute section and plans to major in music at Morehouse College, a private liberal arts college in Georgia. The school is known to be the only four-year liberal arts college that is historically black and all male, receiving recognition for alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. Barack Obama also lectured at the school.

“I just wanted to go where the least amount of racist people are, and I think Atlanta was a great choice for that. I know the South is still really racist, and although it’s not talked about much [discrimination] is still there,” he said. With the heightening of racial incidents that plague today’s society, Kairee felt historically black colleges (HBCU) would feel safer and would allow for him to chase his dreams without restriction.

Fully aware of the number of risks that come with pursuing a job in the music industry, Kairee also aspires to be a physician’s assistant and follow in the steps of his mother in the medical field. He finds interest in dermatology and cosmetology, and even considers working with plastic surgeons. “I just have to work it all out in my mind. It’s in there, and I think about it all the time because I’m at that time where I make decisions. But at the same time I have to be smart and go to school and do the things that are right,” he said. “It’s just all a ‘we’ll see’ type of thing right now.”

Not many people can say they are in the dream job that they always wanted to be in, but like Kairee, it is important to believe that an opportunity will come. After all, there is only one life to live so why not make it worthwhile?

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