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.