Shook. Captivated. Stunned. Born on May 3rd, 1999, the world would not expect (at first) a young, ordinary girl to become such an exclusive, one one of kind soul to enter people's lives, such as mine. Brooks Charis Welch, born to Barbara and Skot Welch, was born and raised in Kentwood, Michigan. Growing up, she has attended many different schools: Shawnee park preschool, Challenger elementary, Discovery elementary, Crestwood middle school, and currently, East Kentwood high school. Brooks embodies everything a creative soul has to offer, and that creativeness is definitely a piece of her soul. It might shock you that she had wanted to be a weather woman at some point (gasp!) but now she has evolved to become a woman of iconic standards. Her self perception that she once had of being treasured to the mainstream society of white feelings have been destroyed, for out comes the blossom of a beautiful embodiment of a carefree black girl that is, Brooks Charis Welch. The once accepted gift of ignorance, "wrapped in a bow and presented with a grin", has been returned, with a prominent black smile. Brooks thrives on and strives to evoke positivity, reflecting and harmonizing that agenda with her chill and laid-back personality, by encouraging and lifting up others around her. Being a Senior in high school , she has already accomplished breaking down walls and building flower beds, all in a short amount of time. The scary thing is though, this is only the beginning…
“Choose people who lift you up.”
The future is brighter than the light, pastel colors that evokes out of the unique vibe that IS Brooks Welch. Graduating from EK on the flexible date of May 31st, 2017, her lifetime of waiting on the tarmac will soon take off into her set goals of magnificent proportions. She wishes to pursue an Emma Bowens scholarship, a paid internship for students of color interested in media. After that task is complete, Howard University will soon greet Brooks with welcomed arms, guiding her to achieve her goal of majoring in broadcast journalism. The dreaded college planning of every senior is already set and achieved from Brooks, but the planning will never stop, for her dreams much too big to be contained.
"I'm a lot more interested in style than fashion, style is what makes us who we are."
Since individuality is something that Brooks has perfected so elegantly, and her pursuit of a career will reflect that wondrous quality she hones so effortlessly. Some outlets like Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, and Viceland (her top choice,) are a few of the companies that she would like to pursuit, and it would be a sin not to hire her. The top of the dream list, however, is being able to host a document series show on Viceland, and a satire political commentary show on Comedy Central, WITH a successful podcast on the side. Can so many immense dreams be contained in one body? Brooks is living proof of that, and will strive to make those dreams transform into reality.
One day, a rightful seat will be bestowed upon Brooks at the table of the magic that is, black women. Zendaya Coleman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Amandla Stenberg, and the person to present her that seat, Solange Knowles.
For the time that I have known Brooks, only JUST meeting her for the first time on the day of her senior photoshoot downtown Grand Rapids, I was already shaken from her astounding aesthetic that only a selected few of people can pull of. The creativity that flows through her is everlasting. I cannot wait for more unique photoshoots and collaborations with her as time goes on. Her style, her charm, and her voice will captivate anyone who comes across her, and her mark will forever make an imprint on the world with triumph. My best wishes go out to you, miss Brooks, for you are brighter than your future, than the future is brighter for you.
"There's a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers, when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you."