Get to know Christian
Where are you from?
I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What high school did you graduate from?
I graduated from Bodine High school of International Affairs.
What is your major?
My major is communications with a concentration in communication studies.
What were you like before PSSI?
Before PSSI, I was very immature. I did what I wanted, I didn’t care about school, and I was just selfish. All I thought about was my well-being and how I could get pass without putting in any effort or hard work.
What are 3 things you learned from PSSI?
Three things I have learned from PSSI were to become my own leader, be responsible, and never give up even when times are unyielding.
How did PSSI change who you are?
PSSI has changed me totally by showing me that people actually do care about my well-being let alone my future. PSSI has shown me that I can live up to my fullest potential, as long as I try and maintain to keep a positive mindset. The Pre-Scholars program is employed by top notch professionals that actually portray unconditional positive regard to your success. You couldn’t ask for a better set of individuals to work this program.
What are your 3 top values?
My three top values in life are God, family, and education. God gives me direction, guidance, and unconditional love. My family gives me motivation and hope to be all I can. Last, but not least, my education because is the only thing that will help me survive in this world and I know for a fact that no man or women on this earth can take it from me.
What leadership roles have you or will you have at MU?
The leadership roles I have right now are being on two organizations. I’m on the Black Student Union, as a Public Relations Co-Chair executive board member and Artists Rocking Together as a street team member. During my sophomore year I will be the Black Student Union’s youngest President, still a member of Artists Rocking Together, and a writing tutor for the Chryst Writing Center.
What are you most proud of having accomplished at MU?
I am most proud of receiving a 4.0 GPA in my first semester at Millersville University. Receiving a 4.0 helped my confidence grow and made me want to do better for myself. To be honest, if it was not for God, family, PSSI, the Black Student Union, A.R.T, inspiring friends and my mentor Tyriq Clark, I would not have accomplished my goal of getting all As. I just want to say thank you to everyone.
What advice would you give to future PSSI students?
The advice I would give to future PSSI students would be to keep your eyes on the prize; hard work pays off eventually and keep that instilled in your heart. Also never give up and remember your purpose of being at school. Your purpose should involve becoming a better person, growth, and receiving your B.S. degree. Remember, “The people that work the hardest actually care, people who care, actually work the hardest.”- Christian Copeland