Spotlight: Pearis Bellamy

Your favorite Jersey girl/motivational speaker/entrepreneur/Hampton University Miss/Devastating Diva *pause for deep breath* Pearis Bellamy is this week's feature! You think you know Pearis now, just wait until you're done reading this...

Nobody knows everybody, but Pearis, you're pretty close! What's it like to be so well known wherever you go?

Honestly, I think it's a blessing. Most people don't know but when I was younger I had very few friends and was very shy. My 7th grade year, I barely spoke. I definitely know what it's like to be alone so I just try to spread the love that I wish my peers had shared with me back then. I really value relationships and friendships with people. A smile and a hello go a long way. 

Unlike the average college student, you openly hold yourself to a high moral standard. Do you ever wish that you could rewind and just do your own thing? 

No, not really. I've always held myself to a high standard. My mom used to tell me about how when I was younger I would "ground" myself if I didn't feel I had performed well in school. I think that's hilarious, looking back, but that's really how I am. So, I've always held myself to a high standard. But I never felt any pressure because my family allowed me to choose my own path in life. When you decide who you want to be and how you want to carry yourself, it is a lot less pressure because you are being yourself.

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Since you're in charge of so much, how easy is it for you to delegate authority?

Well, that's a funny thing! I'm definitely trying to work on that. I don't like making other people feel stressed so sometimes I will do too much just to not potentially stress someone out. But delegation is important so I'm working on that because it's a crucial part of being a great leader.

No matter what we all might think, you're not actually Superwoman. What does it feel like when you disappoint someone or let them down?

  Aww that's so sweet! Letting people down is a terrible feeling especially because I have a really keen sense of empathy. I've learned to do my best and that communication is key. If I can't do something, I have to let that person know rather than just dropping the ball. I also have realized it's okay to fail and fall down but it's not okay to stay down. I feel the ultimate way to disappoint people is to give up and not get back up, so I try to always get back up!

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Other than the Bible, what is one book that has resonated with or sustained you?

One book that has resonated with me is the "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes. This book resonated with me because I did something similar in middle school and then before I came to Hampton. One day, I decided to stop limiting myself and to start living life. It's hard stepping out of your comfort zone but this book reminded me of why I did it and to keep going. I really love that book because it reminded me of why I chose to say "yes" to living life to the fullest. 

You're pretty much an open book, but what's something about yourself that most people don't know?

 I think something most people don't know about me is that I have feelings just like everyone else. Sometimes, I think people feel I am so happy and positive that life doesn't affect me. But it does. I've been sad, I've been heartbroken (a couple times), I've cried (sooo many times) and so much more. I just choose not to let temporary feelings keep me down.  I wasn't always the "Positively Pearis" people know.  It took a lot of work and trust in God.  Even now, I have days where I don't feel 100%. But that's the beauty of life and that's why I am so open.  I want people to know that happiness isn't just reserved for a select few but for anyone who wants it and does not mean you have to be perfect.

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Pearis Bellamy is a junior Psychology major and Leadership Studies minor from New Jersey. Follow Pearis on Twitter & IG, and visit her website, Youth Nation Seminars!

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