It's All Academic- August Core Focus

Setting goals, establishing good study habits and surrounding yourself with positive people are keys to academic success. This was the message ROPP candidates heard over and over through different messengers during this month's core focus on Academics!

We started the day on the UT Austin campus. We met at the Littlefield Fountain that Sis. Lisa explained she lived very close to as a student during her college years.

The day started with our traditional bible lesson taught by Bro. Rowland. He shared the familiar story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17, to remind ROPP candidates that when faced with life's challenges, faith in God is the best weapon!

Bro. Dr. Eric and one of his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers shared a powerful presentation on the importance of higher education. Candidates shared their future aspirations (Zuri: beauty salon owner, Tiffany: teacher/ professional cheerleader, Sterlin: basketball player, Leander: undecided) and talked about the decisions they'll need to make now to make them come true.

Lady Longhorn Imani McGee-Stafford shared what life was like as a student athlete. She explained that her secrets to success are not following the crowd and making time for both her studies and time with her friends. She shared that scholarships are important, as they made college possible for herself and several other family members.

The morning wrapped up with a presentation by Allie Capes of UT Outreach. She described how the program partners with high school students in the Austin Metro area to prepare them for college. She shared a valuable timeline of what students can do starting in freshman year to make them eligible for scholarships and prepared for the challenges of college life.

We toured the campus and visited the statues that honor prominent African-Americans: Barbara Jordan and Martin Luther King, Jr.


Then, on to the home of the Mighty Rams, Huston-Tillotson University!

Here, current HTU students took the ROPP candidates on a tour of the campus, including an exclusive peek into the men and women's dorms. Warm words of encouragement and support were shared with the candidates and every student seemed extremely proud to be an HT Ram!

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