Born in 1990: I come from humble beginnings with my father being retired military, and a pastor during most of my childhood. I still remember sleeping on the floor when I was in Kindergarten, and we had 8 people living in a 2 bedroom house. But you know what, my family always had all of our needs met because it was the Lord that provided everything we ever needed, and blessed us with so much more.
Faith: Life so far has been a roller coaster, with many ups and downs, but one thing that has been with me since I was younger has been my faith. Check out my testimony page if you would like to read about my spiritual journey.
Work: In Kindergarten I remember wanting to be a janitor because I saw a custodian helping clean up spilled milk, so I think it's funny how my first paycheck came from working in facilities keeping a church clean. Since then, I've also worked as a prep cook, golf cart attendant, independent contractor for a realtor, back-server, server, barista, life guard, human resources professional, Uber driver, and golf caddie.
Education: Besides starting kindergarten in Alabama, and two years of high school in Maryland, I mostly have a South Carolina education. I applied to Clemson University (and ONLY Clemson University), and thankfully they accepted me. Initially I worked towards a Computer Information Systems degree, however, I switched to Management after determining it was a better fit. I eventually graduated after doing an extra lap in May of 2014.
Personality: After meeting and talking to me, it seems like most people are surprised to find out that I am actually more introverted than they would assume. Interestingly enough, even though most people don't like public speaking, it was one of my favorite classes at Clemson! And despite my "lone wolf" preferences, I do enjoy meeting, and developing relationships with a variety of people. I'm also an INTJ on the Myers Briggs, which basically means I think on a whole different level than most people. Don't be jealous though, it's lonely at the top.
Nickname: Some people refer to me by my nickname which is “turtle”. I received that nickname my senior year in High School. During summer football practices my coaches started calling me “turtle” because I had just moved from Maryland (Maryland Terrapins, get it?). By the time classes started in the Fall, the entire school was calling me turtle, and it stuck.
I didn’t like it at first but I have learned to appreciate it, especially when I consider one of Aesop’s Fables, The Tortoise and the Hare. I also have a tendency to build myself up, and to rush into things, so this nickname helps remind me to stay humble, and to have patience with things, like how turtles stay low, and go slow.
Books: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I like this book because in the beginning Huck is a boy, but throughout his journey he becomes more like a man. I see the Mississippi River representing his life as he travels with his friend Jim. There are ups and downs, but all the while it is an exciting adventure. I also like how Huck and Jim become very close to each other despite their differences, and what society thought about it at that time.
Another Favorite: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Movie: Friday Night Lights (2004). This has been my favorite movie since the first time I saw it. I like that it is based on a true story and football season. I can also relate to it a lot. Similarly to the Permian Football team in the movie, the football team I was on went undefeated my senior year thirteen weeks in a row into the Upper State (semi-finals) Championship game, but lost by a few points. Literally inches from going to state.
The devastating loss at the end of the movie is a solemn reminder that no matter how much you prepare for something, everything you’ve been working for can be taken away in an instant. However, even though the movie doesn't show it, Permian did go on to win the state championship the next year. Kind of reminds me of the 2015 and 2016 Clemson football seasons.
some other favs: Click, Forrest Gump, Blow, Into the Wild, The Departed, Zombieland, Full Metal Jacket, It's a Wonderful Life, Lion King
Music: I prefer listening to music that has a good beat or rhythm to it, and music that has Christian or positive lyrics. If the lyrics rhyme, that's definitely a plus!
This page was last updated on 12/19/17