Smart. Creative. Successful. Kind. And the first in his family to graduate from college — just like how I’m going to be.
When Justin Combs came to my high school today in South Central Los Angeles, I was excited to hear what kind of advice he had for students of color similarly trying to make the most of themselves through education and a college degree. To be honest, he blew me and my friends away.
Justin said that he went to UCLA to study Sociology and to keep his doors open for future business opportunities, up to and including becoming the next CEO of Combs Enterprises. He told me and my friends that UCLA is an extremely diverse environment, and that sometimes it takes time to adjust to going to school with people who may not be from where your from, or talk how you talk, etc.
This got me thinking about how big the world really is, and how growing up in South Central Los Angeles can sometimes be isolating in regards to gaining a full spectrum of experiences useful for college access, business success, networking, and beyond.
That’s why I want to be like Justin. By putting myself in an environment like a big University Campus, I can surround myself with other young scholars who are looking to level-up their social or economic standing like me. And that’s also why I appreciate Justin coming to CATCH Prep today to speak with us.
He didn’t have to come down here. But he did it to lead by example. And I, for one, am ready to follow in his footsteps...