Mentoring younger students living in the community is helping Cequan discover other skills and his ability to connect and relate to teens is fueling his desire to become an educator.
After beginning Temple without a declared major, I have decided to major in education because I feel that, as a teacher, I could have a big impact on kids by helping them grow—both as students and as people. My uncle, who teaches in an alternative high school in Richmond, was a good role model for me and showed me how to be a strong mentor to kids. My courses at the College of Education helped me realize that I want to teach in middle school or high school, and probably history.
I also am a scholarship athlete on the Temple football team. This past season I played on the punt return and kickoff teams, and also played cornerback in certain situations. Playing for a nationally ranked team was an overwhelming feeling. I had never played before such crowds, and it was amazing to feel all of the love that the students, the school and the City of Philadelphia showered on us.
Being a Division I football player takes a lot of hard work. During the season we wake up before 6 a.m. and have our whole day scheduled until 9pm, from morning workouts, to classes, study hall, training table meals, practice and film review. But my academic advisors have been very helpful and my professors, including my education professors, have also been very welcoming and supportive. I feel like I’ve really grown a lot as a student since I arrived at Temple. This summer, I will volunteer as a mentor at Norris Community Summer Camp.