Welcome to the official website of Higher Hopes: a Black man’s guide to college. I wrote this book after my own college experience, talking to others, and realizing the still sad statistics of Black male performance in the college setting. Most people I met wanted to succeed and were capable of doing so but either did not know how, took bad advice, or did not realize the relative importance of how college will impact their life. Through this book I hope to encourage higher hopes–and greater success for those navigating the college maze.
About me: I went to the University of Virginia from 1998-2002 where I studied both a B.S. in Commerce and a B.A. in physics. My success in college, graduating with honors and a hard double major, was not just due to some innate aspect like talent but the fact I had gotten good advice from parents, relatives, and older mentors when I started at school. I noticed, all things being equal, those who followed the wrong path often did not realize it before it was too late. This later affected job opportunities post-graduation and the options for graduate schools like law or medicine.
I later worked in the business world from consulting to real estate and lived and did business abroad including in China and Brazil. I got my MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and have been in manufacturing, specifically supply chain, ever since.
The book is available in paperback and Kindle at the sidebar link to Amazon. I look forward to any feedback!