Senior – College of Natural Resources (Environmental Sciences)
On the surface, people see a fun, enjoyable, intelligent, charismatic, and loving Black male leader when they look at me, but what they do not see are all the obstacles I had to overcome, and are still overcoming, that brought me to where I am today. As the oldest of 7, I have grown to become a leader; not necessarily because I wanted to, but out of a need to survive. My parents split when I was 8, and though I was eventually blessed to reconnect with my dad many years later and build up our relationship again, at a young age I had to step up and be a strong big brother for my then 2 siblings and a strong son for my mom. We were also poor, many times with little food, sometimes no water, no lights, no heat, even being evicted on multiple occasions and living without a solidified home, so my childhood wasn’t easy. With life forcing me to become a leader at a young age, I knew I wanted to use those life lessons to be a positive example for others when I got to college, and to encourage others who were going through tough situations to find healthy and productive avenues to deal with them through leadership and service. I did this through completion of numerous community services opportunities and serving in multiple leadership roles in various organizations of my college career such as: serving as a YMCA mentor for 4 years, a group leader for a service ASB trip to D.C. to combat hunger and homelessness, as president of my fraternity, and as Student Body Vice President in the 2016-2017 academic school, just to name a few. I plan to not only motivate my family, but also my fellow Wolfpack students, to show them that they can be just as successful, if not more, regardless of what situation or background they come from.