"When I was 5, I would write that I wanted to be a soldier when I grew up. Now I want to be a cop, but I'm realizing the politics of the system and how it really is.
I'm in the process right now of working for a police department. But I don't know if I want to continue with it. If it doesn't work out, I'll just go back to school and work in education. My experience working in middle schools and high schools has changed my perspective. The education system is set up institutionally against minorities.
When I found out that I was going to become a father, I thought I was super mature. But now being 22, about to graduate in a month, looking back, I've completely changed.
I'm a lot more responsible and focused on what I want. I'm going to put, 'Word is Bond' on my cap for graduation. It means whatever you say, you do it. I kept my word, I graduated in four years.
On both the college level and middle school/high school level, MSA allows for guys to be relatable to someone else. As I was transitioning I had just had my son. Going into college, I knew I was here, but I was still lost.
as a male, we're not used to expressing that we're struggling.
As a male, we're not used to expressing that we're struggling. They supported me after my accident. I lost the top of my thumb and was in and out of the hospital. I failed two classes, was put on academic probation, and my financial aid was taken away.
It was tough, because I also had my son. I remember connecting with Leo and just hearing about his experiences as a young father going to college. It made me realize that if he could do it, so could I. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't impossible.
It's funny, I see a lot of myself in my son. He's only 4, but he's always thinking ahead. The other day he told me that he didn't want me to be a cop because of the bad guys. He had been watching Batman and didn't want me to get hurt.
There's a picture from my first year of me holding him in front of the dorms. I plan to take the same picture of the two of us right after graduation."