Graham Scholars at York College

Graham Scholars at York College


– I think that Graham Scholars is really building on my confidence, and being able to take on opportunities, I think will open so many doors for me. – It’s a program all about innovation, kind of thinking outside the
box, and thinking differently. – I think this is an amazing opportunity. I have a sense of pride knowing that I’m doing a little extra
than everybody else. – It helps me make connections. It helps me find a
community I fit in with. I like to think of it as
a Justice League of York. – When we developed the
Graham Scholars program, we were really looking to find students to become true innovators,
to give them a chance to be more creative, and
that allows a wide range of students, that wouldn’t
have thought themselves part of an honors program, to
really apply to this program. – Coming into York College and meeting all the other Graham
Scholars, it was so nice to have that group of people. We all bonded over dinners and meals, and we made a lot of friends. – We taught the Graham Scholars a course called Entrepreneurial Thinking, and students really tap
into their own creativity in the way that they can come up with new-to-the-world ideas. It’s really a tool to solve
problems in any major, any line of work that they ultimately do. So we have them think about, where can you take them and apply them, in areas of interest of their own. – I’m originally from Liberia and Liberia has a poor healthcare system. – I’m passionate about
helping other people. I’m passionate about my background. So I plan to go back to Liberia and start my own branch of hospitals. It’s helped me establish that
entrepreneurial foundation, so when I go there I’ll
have an upper hand. – What do we mean by
entrepreneurial spirit? I think the most important piece of that is that no matter what problem you face, an entrepreneur will look at that and say, “it’s my job to solve that.” Any employer wants
someone in that situation. So no matter their major,
entrepreneurial spirit really does develop into something that will help make them successful. – For these projects,
teamwork is really important because you get inspiration
from different points of view. We were working with mass comm
majors, psychology majors, music industry majors, other engineers. So they’ll all bring
their own unique skills and interests to a project. And we can combine these
skill and interests to come up with really great ideas. – I want to start my own gym actually. It will be called “The
Art of Life Academy.” The gym would incorporate all
the different movement arts. Parkour is an art of movement. It’s all about overcoming obstacles, not just physical obstacles, but mental, emotional obstacles as well. I think that relates
to the Graham Scholars because the Graham Scholars
is all about innovation. And in parkour you’re
constantly innovating and being creative to
overcome these new challenges that you’re faced with in life. – I like how they try to
take what we’re learning but they make us apply it
to our own future fields. I felt so much more
confident in my school work, and taking those challenges
and just running with them. – I’m glad I chose Graham Scholars. I know I’m interested in engineering, but I’m not quite sure what
I want to do with it yet. And I think Graham Scholars can help me figure out exactly what I want to do by getting exposed to
other points of view, to other people in the community, and just figuring out what inspires me to do something great.

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