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oss, a fall 2013 graduate of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, made a list of 25 random acts of kindness she wanted to complete for her 25th birthday. Though she had a limited budget, Doss said she was still able to do small things that would help put a smile on someone else’s face. “I’m no longer a ‘struggling’ college student, but I am a recent graduate, so I don’t just have a ton of money to spend. I am in the building process, so I decided to do things that don’t really cost anything like helping wrangle carts at the grocery store and leaving an inspirational note on someone’s car. It’s really about the thought, when it comes to giving,” Doss said. While many of the entries on her list were lighthearted, such as taping popcorn to a Redbox machine and writing an inspirational message on a bathroom mirror, Doss said that everything on the list had a deeper, personal meaning. “It’s funny, people don’t really know that I chose to leave a dollar at Dollar Tree because I used to work there. With Publix—I went there all the time because I had a really close friend who worked there and he passed away when I was younger, so helping a customer there made sense,” Doss explained, while naming some of the locations she visited during her random acts of kindness project. She added that she felt especially compelled to donate clothing to Community Action Stops Abuse because one of her family members was a victim of domestic violence, and giving away books felt natural because she teaches at a school where many of her students struggle with reading and writing everyday. “The student population that I deal with, a 5 THE GIFT OF LIFE In the age of the “selfie,” Ashli lot of them are experiencing poverty,” Doss Doss found a creative way to said. “Many of them are at low academic celebrate life by helping others. levels in terms of their reading and their

I feel that in this journey that I’ve been on, I’m being called to do something more, something bigger - Ashli Doss

writing, and they’re dealing with a lot, things that I didn’t have to deal with while growing up. They really just have so many challenges that they’re facing.” Doss said witnessing the strength and light in her students gives her daily motivation to do more. Although she has numerous students who are dealing with trying personal lives and struggles at home, Doss said her students come to class everyday with a willingness to give their best, which she finds inspirational. Accompanying her on her mission to complete 25 acts of random kindness was one of her best students at Melrose Elementary School. Never missing an opportunity for a teaching moment, Doss said she knew she wanted to take a student along during her day of selflessness, and the quiet fifth grader with the positive attitude was the perfect choice. “I really gravitate towards students like her, because I don’t want them to think their hard work goes unnoticed,” Doss said. “I didn’t want the day to just be 4 A&M MAGAZINE // SPRING 2016 // 29

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...