Darius Johnson is in a difficult –but envious–position. The senior at Poly has received acceptance letters from 15 schools so far, including six Ivies. “When I was applying for college, I didn’t really think I would have all of these choices to make. I sort of just thought it would be two places would accept me and I would have to choose which one is the cheapest. But now, I have all of these options,” Johnson told WJZ. Oh yeah: He’s also the first in his family to attend college.
I’m a big fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic columnist/memoirist/all around sharp guy. Late last week, someone wrote in and asked him what he’d tell the graduating class at Poly, his alma mater, if he was invited back to give a speech. First, Coates points out that while at Poly he failed English, got suspended for assaulting a teacher, and was eventually asked to leave the school (twice!). “So, you see, it is highly unlikely that I would ever be invited back to Poly to address the students,” he writes. (In his stead, he nominates his older brother Malik, a Poly grad who now works for Dreamworks.) But then he goes on to sketch out the sort of speech he would give, if presented with the chance to speak to a class of Baltimore high school students — and it’s pretty rad.