Timoy Graham is an international student from Montego Bay, Jamaica. When he started his undergraduate degree he had just transferred from Broward College. Timoy chose FAU because of the diversity and strength in culture among its students and wide range of opportunities for student success and engagement. In his undergraduate studies, Timoy pursued his degree in Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies. Now pursuing his Masters at FAU Timoy is studying in the College of Education in Higher Education Leadership. Timoy is “passionate about supporting first-generation students as they navigate through their collegiate experience and [providing] them with essential tools to succeed in academic and campus involvement. Before the conclusion of [his] 5 years, [he] will be enrolled in [a] doctoral program that focuses on Higher Education and Policy.”
During his time at FAU, Timoy has not shied at the opportunity to get involved. Timoy says, “I got involved in [these] organizations because it provides me with leadership development, professional develop, and intercultural fluency.”
Timoy manages his extracurricular success by exercising great time management. “I create an effective schedule to balance my academics, extracurricular activities, and time for myself to reflect on my week. I never held more than two leadership within an academic year or served on more than two committees. My academic schedule consist of classes, office hours, and study groups.
Note to others: Do not over commit yourself, you will crash. Remember you cannot be on every organization executive leadership team. Give your peers the opportunity to lead and serve while they are balancing their academics.”
College of Education
Higher Education Leadership
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Clubs and Organizations:
Red Jacket & Elite Owls Leadership and Service Ambassador, Higher Education Leadership Professionals,Graduate & Professional Student Association
Student Government, Resident Assistant, National residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Leadership & Success, Urban Male Initiative, Progressive Black Men, Inc.
What would you like to accomplish in the next five years?:
I hope to graduate and go to graduate school for higher education. I want to build a legacy and community by serving in student affairs.
What is the most difficult thing about college, and how did you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge as a student was believing in myself. I overcome that challenge was greatly aided by the individuals who believed in me before I believed in myself.
Words to live by:
The impossible is POSSIBLE.
Advice for fellow students:
Use your resources and ask questions. Do not hesitate to ask for help when needed.