In The Spotlight: Arnetta L. Clark

I never know what to say when asked to talk about myself as I do not do this often, so here goes. My name is Arnetta L. Clark and those who know and love me call me Netta. I am an African American woman with albinism. I am not married and I do not have any children (not bragging or advertising-just stating facts); just two nieces, two nephews, and one great niece. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and have recently relocated back to IL a few months ago. I moved to IL from AR where my mother and brothers live.

I love learning whether it is from the classroom, other people, or life in general. I love shopping, museums, art, music, going to the zoo, traveling, and cartoons….that’s right, I said it! . I used to sing a lot in my younger days once I got over my shyness, but now I’m reduced to humming a few bars while cleaning my apartment. I love pretty things; which means I am definitely a girly-girl.  I decided to go back to college in 2004. Since then, I have received several degrees and currently working on a master’s in mental health counseling.

I decided to move back to Chicago because I was in need of a life change. As the years went by, I became very disenchanted with every aspect of my life in AR. Even though my Mom and Grandparents where still there, their presence was no longer enough to hold me there. I was a person who always put others, mainly family, before me. By doing this, I somehow got lost in the shuffle. When I resurfaced, I felt it was overtime for a change.  Though I had my own home, I was desirous of more freedom and opportunities that were not available to me in AR. I wanted a different career, to move about as I pleased (transportation wise), and an opportunity to get my driver’s license. There was a toss-up between moving to GA and IL and I chose IL because I could make a brand new start where I would meet new friends and experience a life that would be new to me.Since the move, everything is going well. I have met some nice people and reconnected with a former buddy, but I have not taken in many of the sites. I feel like I am home so there is no rush to go and see anything. I am still getting acclimated to my surroundings and learning how to get around. My newest venture is to start volunteering at a few non-profit organizations in the community so as to get more experience in my future profession as a mental health counselor.

I have a strong desire to help others and have done so in the past. Before I left AR, I was involved with a few volunteer efforts including being a sworn-in CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children. This was very important to me because children are very important to me. Though I never had any of my own, children have always occupied a special place in my heart and I want nothing but the best everything for every child.

If I were asked for my best piece of advice, I would tell people to give the best of themselves to those who will benefit from and appreciate the gesture. Our Sovereign Lord is the best source to teach us this lesson. If you don’t know Him, get to know Him. My parents used to tell us that we should live our lives in a way that when we walk away or pass away, people will say, “I’m glad I knew him or her”. This is my lifelong goal.