By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto
Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Staff as well as Alumni that have received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.
For this month's Next Step Staff Spotlight, we interviewed Melvin Freeman who is our Director of Information Technology and Data.
Q: What is your name?
A: Melvin Freeman
Q: Where are you from?
A: San Diego, CA
Q: Did you encounter any challenges while attending high school/GED program? If so, can you describe what they were and how you overcame them?
A: In high school, I struggled balancing school, work, and extracurricular activities. To overcome this challenge, I made the decision to stop playing sports and spend my time on school and work.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a post-secondary education?
A: I wanted to find a career that my family and I would be proud of and I knew college would help get me there.
Q: Were you the first one in your family continue their education?
A: My older sister was the first person in my family to continue their education. I followed in her footsteps.
Q: Where did you continue your post-secondary education?
A: I attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Columbia University in New York City, NY for post-secondary.
Q: What did you study?
A: In college, I studied Physics and Mechanical Engineering.
Q:How did you pay for your post-secondary education?
A: I won a full scholarship based on how well I did in high school and financial need.
Q: What was one of your biggest challenges while attending your post-secondary institution?
A: One of my biggest challenges was being hundreds of miles away from my family.
Q: Who or what motivated you to continue and get through your postsecondary education?
A: My younger brother and sister motivated me to get through my postsecondary education. I’ve always wanted to set a good example for them.
Q: Why did you decide to work in the education field?
A: I decided to work in the education field because I wanted my job to make an impact on people.
Q:What is your current role at TNSPCS?
A: I am the Director of Information Systems and Technology
Q:What advice would you give to students interested in continuing to post-secondary education?
A: Aim high and don’t give up. Thomas Edison said the most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.