Hello, world! My name is Javon Nathaniel. I am pursuing a double major in International Business and Marketing, with a minor in Japanese. However, college has also allowed me to explore a wide array of passions that have crafted me into the person I am today.
Outside of my academic studies, I love to write poetry and produce music. Thankfully, I’ve been able to connect with other students who share my passions and have begun working on a multitude of musical projects. My inspirations for poetry and music date back to my childhood when I learned about the wicked, innovative imagination of Edgar Allan Poe and the vibrant styles of jazz artists like Duke Ellington. The dualistic nature of the Harlem Renaissance in comparison to the era of dark romanticism is truly the embodiment of my writing style and musical tastes.
When I’m not mulling over the hauntingly beautiful works of Poe, I’m involved with community service organizations that have mentored me and poured into me words of wisdom that I continue to utilize. One of those organizations is the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, an organization that influenced me to become a mentor and to aim to start a nonprofit that helps give resources to inner-city youth to explore their passions. My mentor in the program, Charles Walker, has been instrumental in training my mind to focus on exposing myself to the different career fields that the world has to offer and has helped guide me towards my path in business with his personal expertise. I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved with great organizations such as LoveSpeaksOut which advocates for healthy relationships within the community and speaks out against teen dating violence, as well as domestic violence as a whole. With my time in these organizations, I’ve been able to see the true importance of service and have expanded my reaches in college to a program that could make me feel as if I’m making an impact on my local community while still having a global reach.
In my freshman year of college, I had the opportunity to join the Appalachian Student Ambassadors, an organization that has molded me into a professional by helping me hone my speaking skills while giving me the platform to assist students in the admissions process.
The reason I decided to attend Appalachian State University is because of the family-like atmosphere and the overwhelming amount of support that I receive from the staff and faculty. The Wilson Scholars Program has bestowed upon me a family that I can lean on when times become difficult. Without their assistance, I can’t imagine where I would be.
Thanks to this scholarship, I can build a path for future generations to follow. The donors of this scholarship, Brad and Carole Wilson, have blessed me with the resources and tools I need to become a role model in my community.