On Monday (June 4), students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, nearly lost their minds when fellow alum SZA walked into a class assembly to be inducted into the school’s hall of fame. SZA (born Solana Imani Rowe) told her fellow students, “When I went to this school things were very different, we had free ninth periods, and a lot of room to make bad decisions that low-key turned us into great people.”
The singer also encouraged daydreaming, saying it’s where, “You find the details and the inner workings of yourself and what you actually want to do… daydreaming is actually where this whole thing starts.” Despite taking to Twitter last week to reveal that her voice is permanently injured, SZA gave a special performance of “The Weekend” for her peers, though it did seem she was taking it easy.
Halfway through, SZA stopped her performance to speak “real shit” and said, “You have to pay attention to how God is working in your life,” she added, “It starts with compassion. It starts with trusting yourself, even if people are telling you you’re too young to trust yourself.” SZA’s induction follows that of Lauryn Hill, who was inducted in 1999.
Check out videos from the assembly below: