AJC Sepia HBCU of the Week: Atlanta baseball player swinging for the academic fences at NCCU

AJC Sepia HBCU of the Week is an occasional series that looks at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Especially coming from a very tight-knit Southern family.

But the good thing about leaving that nest is that it provided me with the foundation to survive in a new nesting place.

Honestly, when I first stepped foot onto the verdant green of North Carolina Central University, I liked it just enough to leave Atlanta.

As I stepped further onto the NCCU campus, I was met by the sweet sounds of young people just like me, eager to explore.

Following my First-Year Orientation and Week of Welcome, I knew I had found a home in Durham.

It’s not just a university at which to earn a degree, but rather a place to grow as a man.

And grow I have done.

Being away from home has taught me to advocate for myself in order to prosper in the classroom, on the baseball field, and professionally.

I have been blessed to be a member of the prestigious University Honors program, while also holding the highest grade-point average in my major, computer science and business.

My professors and my advisor have taken me under their wings to mentor and guide me as I navigate my way through life.

Thanks to the connections I have made and continue to make at NCCU, I have been granted the opportunity to work as a software development intern for Johnson & Johnson during the summer of 2016.

Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the NCCU baseball team.

We compete at the Division I level in the very competitive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The team-building skills learned on the baseball field have been very beneficial to my relationships on and off the field.

I love my HBCU!

The atmosphere created by our alumni and student body is both electrifying and bone chilling.

NCCU is a university engrained with tradition that is based on the words “Truth and Service.”

Each morning I wake up knowing I made a great decision to enroll here, because these values will continue to mold and shape me as I follow the pathway to success.

Should I return to Atlanta after earning my degree, I will be sure to take with me the many life lessons this great university has taught me.

As always, Eagle Pride, Amplified.

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