Just the other day I received an email from new alumnus, Chase Moore, articulating his successes and challenges during his first year of college. And, before him, I received another email from a recent alumnus, Ciff Peeples. While reading these, it dawned on me: These boys have become men–They are taking care of themselves, paying their bills, attending classes, meeting with faculty and staff, stressing over outcomes, and, succeeding at life. And, even though all of this is new territory for them both, they are finding the time to keep their biggest fans in the loop of the goings on in their world. Here’s a little sample from Chase:
I’ve been functioning on more faith that usual this month. I guess it is safe to say that when you are far away from family that can physically help, even more inner strength than usual is required. In addition to inner strength, I need to contact my family more. This has been the most character building month of my collegiate experience because I contacted my family the least. I look forward to this new month that has just begun. I plan to man up and stop complaining because there’s only one day to get it done, and that is to get it done.
Here’s a sample from Cliff:
I have joined the National Society of Black Engineers as a Freshman Liaison, so I’m the bridge between the freshman and upperclassmen. I also earned a paid internship with Boeing this summer to with Boeing this summer at any of their US offices, and from November 5-8 they are flying me out to Seattle so I can meet executives and managers and pick what kind of internship I want and where I want to work. In addition to this, I have been considering joining the Track and Field team.
I couldn’t be more proud of our recent alumni and our current students. There is no doubt in my mind the Verb Men will change the world. And, for that fact, we should all feel some pride—volunteers, board members, donors, corporate partners, foundations, parents, and the community at large—that our attention has played some part in the positive outcomes these young men will make on the world. So, I humbly thank you for your support of our students.
Chase Moore ‘15
Clifford Peeples ‘15