Throughout the respectable young man I am today. My

Throughout my time learning about
what it takes to be a part of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
I believe that I display many of those properties. I have observed that all men of
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity display four key attributes Manhood,
Scholarship, Perseverance,
and Uplift.
It has been instilled in me to uphold those four key qualities through the
upbringing by my parents and other family members. This is why I feel as though I possess
the attributes to make it.

From a young child,
my parents have implanted in me the traits that made me the respectable young
man I am today.
My father has always explained to me that having good character is key,
and that a man is solely judged upon his character. He has taught me to always display
respect to other people (especially to my elders), to never be afraid to branch out
from my comfort zone and to never allow someone to cause me to act out of
character.
My mom has taught me how to treat women with respect, to open the door for them, never
to talk down upon them, and to always make her feel safe
when they are with me.
Both my mother and father have stressed to me never quit anything that I have
committed to.
They say everything has its ups and downs but only a strong person will power
through it.

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Ever since I started school I was
instructed to always put forth my best effort into every class I took and to
never bring home anything less than a “B”. I upheld that standard all the way
through elementary, middle,
and high school. By doing so many opportunities
were presented to me. From being invited to represent my
school at a national convention, to scholarships,
and being inducted into Beta Club. Maintaining a high level of
academic excellence has always been a top priority for me.
Unfortunately, during my freshman year in college,
I was not able to keep my streak of high academic excellence going.
I have struggled in a few classes but that does not mean I did not give it my
all. Since then, I have been working even harder to
make sure I get back to my normal academic excellence that I have come to be accustomed
too which is nothing under a “B”.

Although I have been blessed with a
pretty easy going and smooth life I have still had some moments that I have had
to show a certain level of persistence and tenacity to get through.
The passing of my grandmother hit me pretty hard mentally and emotionally.
She was the only person I felt comfortable enough to go to in my family about
any situation or problem that came my way. She always knew exactly what to
say and even do in every situation that I brought to her attention.
The bond I had with her was more of best friend type of relationship on top of
her being my grandma. After her passing I went into slump
for a good month. My grades started to slip a bit
during that time too. But I found it in me to pull
through because I knew she would be disappointed to see me not on honor roll.
So, before the semester of my sophomore year ended I was
able to get back on track and ended up making the principles list.

I have always played an active and
important role in giving back to my community and uplifting it.
Whether it has been volunteering at Hosea Feed the Hungry,
giving away my old clothes and shoes that I have outgrown to children who are
in need of them, or even going out with my dad on
the night of Christmas Eve and giving out hot containers of chunky soup to the
homeless to make sure they have something to eat.
I have even helped
some of my older neighbors do work around their houses from painting walls to
cutting grass and trimming bushes. I honestly enjoy doing these
things just because the feeling I get knowing that I have in some way
alleviated some of the stress that person was facing.

I have exhibited traits of all four qualities that
are evaluated in every man that is in or looking to be a part of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity. Every one of these
qualities I feel I possess and hold a great regard to. These are all reasons why I feel that I hold
the potential to make it.