For some, faith plays a big role in how they handle some or all of life’s obstacles and in Part 4 of our series we acknowledge that through one of our prominent alumnus. Our series “Life Support: From Set Back to Comeback” takes a look at how one person used his faith to press on.


On May 14, 2011, I graduated with my undergraduate degree. I thought the world was at my finger tips and that I could conquer the world.

The dream was really short-lived.

The next day, I packed up my apartment and was headed back home to St. Louis, to my parents’ house. Back at the same place I was when I was 18 years old. That Monday, I hit the ground running. Applying for jobs, going to job fairs, just trying to put myself out there so I could be “gainfully employed”. Nothing seemed to be working out for me. Either I didn’t have enough experience or I was not the right fit for what they were looking for (whatever the hell that means). Luckily, I had a friend who lived in Chicago and told me that their job was hiring. I applied, interviewed, and on June 27, I packed up all I could in my car and moved to Chicago.

I was excited to have my collections job. This was finally my chance to start building myself as a working professional. Everything seemed to be great at first – then things took a turn for the worst.

I was producing enough but my morale seemed to be going down. I just felt unmotivated to be there. I pushed my way through and started to find outlets to release my stress. I started going to the gym every day before work. Then on December 6th, 2011 – my entire life changed.

As I was leaving the gas station, I was pulled over. My car was impounded, and I was arrested. A few hours later, I was released. I went to work and two hours later I was pulled into the office was fired.

At the moment, the first thing that popped into my head was, “when it rains – it pours”. I had things taken away from me that I felt I needed to survive. I spent a lot of time sad, depressed, and wondering “why me?” I had to find myself and figure out where I belong and what my destiny was. I had to turn to my roots and seek GOD to understand why these things were taking place. I started reading the bible more and started to find a word in it to help me understand. To this day, my favorite bible scripture is Romans: 8:28: “For we know that all things work together for the good of them, who love The Lord and are called according to his purpose”. Ever since I came across that scripture, I’ve lived my life by it. It tells me that no matter what happens in my life that it is all contributing to my overall being and scoping me to be the best person I can.

I can and will always overcome adversity; it’s only a temporary test. Right now, I’m not where I want to be. Yet, I’m far from where I was. I have taken my life by the horns and I am enjoying the ride that is has/will be taking me on.

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