Why I Chose Morehouse College

08/03/2011 09:25 am ET | Updated Oct 03, 2011

I was nine years old when I was made aware of the existence of Morehouse College. My older brother and I were watching TV special and there featured a young, articulate, well-dressed black man who seemed, even to my preadolescent mind, poised, confident, and brimming with potential. My brother remarked casually that the man went to Morehouse.

At the time, this meant very little to me so I questioned my brother further. He told me about this amazing college where the best and brightest of African-American men went to be taught how to be successful leaders. I internalized all that he told me and in my I mind I began to associate all successful black men with the Morehouse label, regardless of their proper alma maters. When I was asked "What college do you want to go to?" I would quickly respond with "Morehouse," having nothing but my brother's description as my resolute reasoning.

As I grew, so too did my knowledge of Morehouse College and I learned that it was a globally recognized institution of higher learning which had a reputation for producing outstanding graduates who had made major impacts within the fields of their choosing. I was determined to attend. Morehouse was the very first school that I applied to and the very last to respond with a letter of acceptance and I am forever grateful that they did. I arrived in Atlanta in the fall of 2007 feeling especially humbled to walk the same grounds as men who had accomplished and contributed so much to this country and this world.

My experience at Morehouse has been one I could never replace or duplicate. Because of Morehouse I have met some of the most dynamic young people of all races, determined to make a positive difference. I have been able to broaden the scope of my academic pursuits and to critically analyze the issues that we as a society face today and endeavor to commit to the ideals of being an upstanding global citizen.

I could not have asked for a more instructive, meaningful, and nurturing experience than the one I have had at Morehouse. From serving on resident hall councils as a freshman, to being a student advocate as a senator in the Student Government Association, to being a resident advisor, I have tried to take the oft repeated maxim on campus of "having your brother's back" seriously. The friendships that I have made are sure to be lasting ones and it is because of the sense of brotherhood fostered by this institution.

I chose to attend Morehouse College because it offered me the promise of being molded into a scholar and a renaissance man who was sensitive to the needs and sufferings of others. The college's aim is to produce morally conscious leaders and I felt this was completely in line with the legacy I want to one day leave behind. Because of Morehouse, I will go on to law school and upon completion, I will become an advocate on behalf of those often marginalized by our society. Morehouse has empowered me to do this.