I met a few alumni who were really passionate about Union. They told me about the small, intimate classroom setting, and I was instantly reminded of my high school experience, which I loved. When I visited the campus after being accepted Early Decision as a Posse Scholar, I enjoyed my time here.
Most inspiring class:
African American History II with Professor Kenneth Aslakson. Growing up in an urban environment, I was never able learn about my history as an African American male. The class highlighted the history of African Americans from the transatlantic slave trade up through the election of President Obama. This inspired me to add Africana Studies to my major.
Favorite study spot:
The small study rooms in the Minerva Houses
As a Resident Advisor (RA) in Davidson Hall, I take pride in supporting the first-year students. I’m also president of the African and Latino Alliance of Students (ALAS), which focuses on fostering community among African and Latino students on campus while being inclusive of people from different racial backgrounds. I’m active in Phenomenal Males, a group that serves as a link between Schenectady and the Union campus. And I volunteer at COCOA House and with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
My family, basketball, giving back to the less fortunate
Looking into the future:
Attend graduate school in Boston in a dual degree program in business and law. I would like to open my own law firm one day.
How I’m making Union a better place:
In my role as an RA, I am lucky to be one of the first people to interact with our first-years. I challenge them to create a new identity, step out of their comfort zones and take risks. I also tell them it’s imperative to give back to the community.
Advice for incoming students:
“Success is measured with your own meter stick,” or, more simply put, if you find something you’re passionate about, go for it! I changed my major three times. When I realized that History and Africana Studies made me happy and that I excelled in these classes, I knew that was what I wanted to do.