The young men above both began college one year after the other and both fell under my tutelage by happen stance. Mr. Reko Daye (top), also from Durham, was assigned to the hall I was the resident advisor over during the 2008-09 academic year. I still remember the day he moved in and began his college journey. A charismatic young man who needed some polishing and guidance to reach his potential. So I worked with him.
Then you have Mr. Devon T. Smith from Philadelphia by way of Fayetteville. He came the following academic year and was introduced to me because the business school assigned his class to interview an upperclassman in his field of study. Being that I was visible on campus through my fraternity and in the Bryan School of Business as the president of the Black Business Students Assoc., it was recommended that Devon interview me. I didn’t know him but after meeting him once, I knew he was ambitious and driven, he just needed a crash course in diplomacy. Who better to teach him than me? So I did.
Without my recommendation, both of these men decide to join my fraternity. Both decided to mentor other young people throughout the course of their college careers. Both took on the role of chapter president. Both were well-liked campus leaders who had grown in leaps and bounds over the years. Both graduated with jobs and are focused on starting their careers. Both have gone from mentees to true brothers and friends. And both are going to continue to do great things to make the world a better place. I’m excited for them and know that, when it’s all said and done, they’ll be right beside me at the top.