In honor of last month’s College Signing Day and next month's senior graduation (where yet another cohort of DP scholars will officially become college freshman), we're highlighting a current freshman who's completing his first year on a strong note! Michael Ocran (DP19, Emory University) knew the odds were stacked against him as a student of color at a top tier institution, but he proudly and successfully took on the challenge.
Michael managed his academic workload while involving himself in on- and off-campus activities. In a short time he became an active member and secretary in Emory's Brotherhood for Afrocentric Men (BAM), a step team organization centered on community service; he also got involved in Graduation Generation, a "family, school, university, community partnership" that gives college students the opportunity to tutor scholars throughout Atlanta. Michael thinks his first year at Emory was successful because of the people he met in classes and through his involvement in BAM and Graduation Generation, but he admits, “I still believe I could be more involved within the black community so I’m joining Emory’s NAACP.” Now that he’s gotten in the groove of gaining valuable experience and making important connections, Michael will be taking on an AR Alumni Captain role next year. Here’s to networking, giving back, and growing!