"I think some people were surprised to see the entire football team selling imported jewelry in the student center, but that's the beauty of our team. Once one person does something beneficial, everybody else is extremely supportive."

Update: After Commencement, Robert will begin his career with the U.S. General Services Administration.

"I've got my hands in some pretty different activities here. I'm on the varsity football team, a DJ for various campus events, president of the Black Student Union and a member of Multicultural Student Services advisory board. And I run advertising for a new campus club called Global Friendships.

"Global Friendships is a non-profit organization that helps women in third-world countries raise money through our selling their jewelry and art. I think some people were surprised to see the entire football team selling imported jewelry in the student center, but that's the beauty of our team. Once one person does something beneficial, everybody else is extremely supportive.

"That's just one example of a lesson in leadership that I've learned at Bucknell. Although I'm president of the Black Student Union, I never try to overpower anyone. I always go into things with the mindset that we all have equal influence and our effort is collective. It's exciting; I think the Black Student Union has started to become a household name on campus and a lot of our events allow students to experience something unique. We recently put on a really successful weekend with our annual Black Arts Festival.

"When I think about it, a common goal through all of my activities and positions here is to create welcoming and inclusive events and a sense of community across campus. Because I'm grateful for the mentors who have guided me, I try to be a mentor for others. I try to pass it on."

Robert is from Arlington, Texas.

Posted May 16, 2013
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