Kyra Lyles

Durhram, NC

Kyra Lyles

Durhram, NC

I am a rising Junior at NCCU, and am pursuing a degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-medicine. I work as a Community Assistant, and volunteer as a tutor through America Reads.Throughout my life, I have not once deemed myself as being complacent with the knowledge that I have acquired thus far. I have always been enthralled by the introduction of new information and life challenges.

I am an avid reader, and my future aspirations to become a medical doctor has been inspired, in part, by a book called Breakfast of Champions. Breakfast of Champions is one of those books that spin around inside your head long after you finish it. It is a satire ostensibly depicting the squalor of human nature, and the futility of attempting to be a moral being in this world. It exposed the brutality with which people are capable of inflicting on each other. Throughout the novel, I wondered if it was Vonnegut's intention to make his readers become cynical about this world we live in--to feel grubby and tainted with disgust. It also reminded me of a poem I read, a palindrome of sorts, about our lost generation. One line that stuck with me read, "I am a part of a Lost Generation/And refuse to believe that/I can change the world." Then it, like "Breakfast of Champions" commented on things that have become normalized and that people have such a lax attitude towards--conditions of life that a majority of us accept without a thought or without even consciously realizing it. Vonnegut's novel is haunting and tragic, and it inspired in me a will to positively affect the world he depicted--to change it. Its bleakness impelled me to believe in and live the words of the poem read backwards: "I can change the world and refuse to believe that I am a part of a lost generation."

  • Work
    • Community Assistant
  • Education
    • North Carolina Central University
    • Bachelor of Science, Biology, May, 2015
    • Concentration in Pre-Medicine