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 with a closet room. 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 it was him who has blessed us.
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 wanted to be a janitor because I saw a guy helping clean up spilled milk, and I think it's funny how my first real paycheck came from working in facilities maintenance at a church. 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 as a caddie.
As of Jan. 2017, I am a partner driver with Uber, while keeping my eyes open for a new full-time job. I'd like to open up a Leisure Sports park (mini golf page), but even if I never do, it has been a lot of fun just to think about.
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 thankfully they accepted me. After working towards a Computer Information Systems degree for a few years, I switched to Management after determining it was a better fit, and eventually graduated after doing an extra lap in May of 2014.
Personality: It seems like many people are surprised to find out that I am actually more introverted than they would assume. Despite my "lone wolf" preferences, I do enjoy meeting new people and developing relationships with a variety of people. And despite being more introverted (INTJ on Myers Briggs), Public Speaking was actually one of my favorite classes at Clemson.
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. 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 (besides books in the Bible): 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 and 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 and lost by a few points.
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
Music: I prefer listening to music that has a good beat or rhythm to it, and music that has Christian or positive lyrics
This page was last updated on 08/28/17