My Saving Grace in High School

Ask anyone from my high school and they’ll tell you that I wasn’t a great student. At all. Not only was I overweight, but I had a speech impediment that meant I had to attend special classes. But the one silver lining in all of this was that I was an incredible athlete. 

Although I was fat, I could run circles around most on the Football and Baseball field. I was one of the top athletes in Kansas city and was a 3 time recipient of All State Honors in Baseball.  I am not saying any of this to brag or re-live the glory days so to speak, I am just trying to paint an accurate picture of how and why all of this happened.

Despite my winning performance on the field, my weight subjected me to a lot of mockery and bullying. Many schools also wouldn’t recruit me because of my weight. I didn’t know it then, but those rejections ended up being a divine intervention that led me onto the path I am today. 

Tune in above to learn more about my experience as an overweight All-State high school then All-American college athlete and how one meeting with my academic advisor completely changed the course of my career. 

Key Moments:


  • How sports became my saving grace [1:30]

  • Experiencing bullying [3:14]

  • How my academic advisor changed my life [11:17] 

  • How I got into compute programming [14:48]

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