Before I die...

Before I Die in
Savannah, GA, at Savannah State University

Organized by Savannah State University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) "The Write Attitude," a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning by improving attitudes about writing.

The Before I Die wall was built to celebrate the National Day on Writing at Savannah State University (SSU), the oldest public historically black college in Georgia. Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is located in the historic and charming city of Savannah, Georgia.

On October 20th, 2015, Savannah State University students, faculty, and staff members celebrated writing and life in a very special way. SSU writers inspired all participants by listing their dreams, thoughts and wishes on the Before I Die wall. Also, attendees ate together, heard a TED Talk presented by Candy Chang, the creator of the Before I Die project, and listened to poetry and stories written and read by SSU students, faculty, and staff members.

A Before I Die book was offered to the best student writing on the wall. The winner was selected by a group of students, faculty, and staff members.

The Before I Die wall was brought to SSU by its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), "The Write Attitude," a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning by improving attitudes about writing. The SSU Writing Center and Estuary, SSU's literary magazine, were essential partners in this project. Special thanks to Dr. Chad Faries, Professor in the English, Languages and Cultures Department, and to the QEP Student Ambassadors, who built, painted, and maintained the wall.

* The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) established October 20 as the National Day on Writing. The idea is to celebrate writing and to recognize its importance in people’s lives.

This wall was born in October, 2015.

Made with love by the QEP Team: Dr. Lisa Yount, Kiara Lewis, Adriana de Oliveira, Sierra Walton, Quortnee Jones, Ashley Bennett, and Kadeshia Ready; and Dr. Chad Faries, Professor of Creative Writing in the English, Languages and Cultures Department at Savannah State University.

Photo: Jason Miccolo Johnson, Instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University
Photo: Jason Miccolo Johnson, Instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.
Photo: Jason Miccolo Johnson, Instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.
“Before I die I want to write the story of my ancestors.”
“Before I die I want to give back to those who helped me.”
Photo: Adriana de Oliveira, QEP Communicatios Coordinator at Savannah State University.
“Before I die I want to take care of my family.”
Photo: Adriana de Oliveira, QEP Communications Coordinator at Savannah State University.
Photo: Adriana de Oliveira, QEP Communications Coordinator at Savannah State University.
“Before I die I want to write a novel.”
“Before I die I want to fall in love.”
“Before I die I want to hug my grandkids.”
“Before I die I want to visit Africa and Asia.”
The Write Attitude Team: Back row (L-R): QEP Student Outreach Coordinator Kiara Lewis, QEP Communications Coordinator Adriana de Oliveira, QEP Director Dr. Lisa Yount, QEP Student Ambassadors ShaRonda Battle, Kadeshia Ready, and Ashley Bennett. Front row (L-R): SSU Students and QEP Interns Quortnee Jones and Sierra Walton.
Photo: Adriana de Oliveira, QEP Communications Coordinator at Savannah State University.