My path to higher education was somewhat atypical. I thought I wanted to go to college directly upon completing high school. I, even, moved out of state and attended Morgan State University for a semester in the Spring of 95. Moving to the DMV (D.C-Maryland-Virginia) area was a very shocking experience for me. I was used to a greater diversity of ethnicity in my part of New Jersey. Entering a new culture where many of my peers only saw the world as black or white was very eye-opening.
After a very expensive semester at MSU, with no financial aid or any actual plans, I returned to New Jersey. Not much demand for a low-skilled 19-year-old in the Lakewood area. I worked for a very nice man, Mr. Stavsky, but that $7 an hour for manual labor was not cutting it for me. In the fall of 96, I enrolled in UCLA. Just kidding, a little nod to my Lakewood folk. I enrolled at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ or (the University Closest to the Lakewood Area = UCLA). I worked and attended OCC for two years completing my Associates Degree in 1998. Shout out to my OCC peeps.
I returned to Baltimore in the summer of 98. Again, not much demand for a low-skilled, lowly educated 22-year-old. By the Grace of God and a connect from Sherina, I was hired at Comcast Cable. Big shout out to Dave and Katie, they put their name on the line for a guy they barely knew. While still working for Comcast, I enrolled at Sojourner-Douglass College in October of 1999. Almost 3 years later, in June of 2002, I graduated from SDC with a Bachelors in Business Administration. In 2006, I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching. My Master was the pinnacle of a college career that started over 20 years prior.
Much has changed in the 22 years since I made that initial move to the DMV. So Thursday, March 30, 2017, it was with profound pride and joy, that Sherina and I got the privilege to watch our first born child became a sister with LTA. Greek life to me is well, Greek, but I am learning much more now that my eldest is a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha: Upsilon Chapter. I am grateful that Sherina and I have been so blessed that our child can attend college without the financial pressures that we faced. We are so proud of the woman she has become. Felicidades otra vez hija. Nosotros te amamos. Watch highlights of the Show