Graduation Speech : Achieving A Higher Education

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As a disadvantaged student, I am always looking to achieve a higher education. I’ve overcome a lot of adversity in my life and I truly believe an education is necessary to be successful. I am a black male from the inner city of Detroit, MI. My father is incarcerated and I come from a low income family. I am up against a lot and society says I won’t thrive in life. I use these disadvantages to motivate me to provide a better life for myself. Obtaining a Ph.D. would allow me to reach that level of success that I’ve always wanted to reach. I want to show my family and others that no matter where you come from you can do great things. Receiving a 4-year degree is amazing however, pursing higher education after undergrad is mind blowing and I’m excited and eager for that next chapter of my life. I want to use my disadvantages to drive me to receive a Ph.D. and someday mentor and lead other disadvantaged students to do the same. Continuing my education after undergrad is not only a goal, it’s a want and it’s a need for a student like me. My drive, determination, and optimism will allow me to work toward excellence and let this dream become my reality.

I am a student who jumped headfirst into campus life. From the start of my freshman year of college, I’ve always been well involved. Currently, I am Co-President of the Black Student Union, a resident adviser, a fellow in the student leader fellowship program, and an active member in other organizations. I came to Northern and…
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