Our Story-Tyrell Swan

tybsaMy name is Tyrell Swan. I am a 18 year old college student

attending the University of Pittsburgh on an academic

scholarship. I plan to major in Communication Rhetoric with

hopes to pursue an occupation in the Sports Broadcasting

field. I went to an International Baccalaureate high school,

where I was named the Salutatorian, and I also graduated with

honors. I have often found myself wondering,

“How did I manage to get here?” How did I find a way to emerge from the rubble, avoid becoming a negative statistic, and somehow work to leave the world a better place than it was when I found it?”.

My story didn’t start much different than that of many black men in today’s society. My father was killed when I was

still a baby and I was  raised by a single-teenage mother in a low-income community with all of the chips stacked

against me. However, I seemingly had forces that worked tirelessly to help prevent me from going down the wrong

path from the very beginning. I owe all of my previous success, as well as all that I wish to achieve in this life to

God and my amazing support system. Without those two vehicles, I don’t know where I would be today. When it comes to

my support system, my family has been unparalleled in their quest to help me become the best “me” that I can be.

Starting from my mother and at times branching all the way out to my great grandmother, with everyone in-between.

Among other lessons, my family has taught me to never get complacent, always do my best, and to keep pushing through

even when you want to stop.  Those words of wisdom along with the idea to “treat others the way that you want to be

have all molded me into the young man that I am today. I believe that when given the proper tools, there

should be no reason why all of us could not succeed.

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