Student Journey Book Student Journey Book 2019 - Page 12

With his brother’s condition and the emotional stress he carried through college, Marcus struggled with his own depression. He no longer felt compelled to attend his classes and lost his motivation to graduate. Marcus' circle of friends, family, and the College Track community stepped in to support him. Through regular counseling and mentoring, Marcus rediscovered his purpose for earning a college degree. He redefined his college experience by joining new activities on campus, mentoring students, and helping them access college scholarships. After overcoming hardship at this pivotal time in his life, Marcus proved to himself that struggle can be the precursor to opportunity. He stayed the course and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics. IT'S ALWAYS POSSIBLE Marcus was playing football and doing well as an economics major at Howard University. Midway through college, his older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Page 9 12 Marcus B.A. Howard University collegetrack.org Page 10 13