From the Rock to the House
Judge not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant
Robert Louis Stevenson
When I have interfaced with my friends who attended Morehouse College, they tend to refer to themselves as Morehouse Men and/or talk about how Morehouse helped make and shape them into men. I would venture to say that many of them came to Morehouse as men in the making and that their experiences further shaped, molded and enhanced the men they were already on their way to becoming. One such young man in the making is Mr. Samuel Cockfield, a senior at Morehouse College.
When I sat down to interview Samuel, I didn’t know that I was in for such a treat! Samuel moved to Atlanta from Far Rockaway, N.Y., but his parents are from Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. During our interview, he talked about the challenges of growing up in Far Rockaway, N.Y (a community located in Queens, NY). He described Rockaway as one of the roughest neighborhoods and the “6th” borough of New York (meaning that it has a unique culture and breed of individuals). But the structure and discipline of growing up in a household with parents from the Caribbean provided Samuel with the environment he needed to remain grounded and not get caught up in his surroundings. His mom’s commitment to community service also helped keep him busy and out of trouble. Samuel volunteered with his mom at homeless shelters and soup kitchens. He describes his mom as being very active with United Way, Food Bank for NYC, and other various organizations.
Although he would be the first in his immediate family, Samuel knew he wanted to attend college and Morehouse was his first choice! He explained to me that the experience has been all that he imagined it would be. The wealth of resources available in the AUC (Atlanta University Center) helped to create an enriching experience for Samuel. Of the many things he has learned, Samuel highlighted being able to multitask, create and maintain balance and be well organized. He also enjoys networking and obtaining new opportunities that will “assist in the development of his character.”
Based on the aforementioned, it should be of no surprise that Samuel was intrigued by Mr. Leslie Jean-Pierre’s presentation on the United States Peace Corps. As someone who is familiar with service and understands the value of giving back, Samuel began to research Peace Corps after attending an information session. Shortly thereafter, he says he saw Peace Corps as a great foundation to continue building his [professional] life.
With graduation looming, Mr. Cockfield has a lot to look forward to. He has recently completed his Peace Corps application and has a general idea of what he sees in his future. After Peace Corps, Samuel would like to attend graduate school, while preparing for the Foreign Service exam. Samuel’s ultimate goal is to become a U.S. Ambassador to a TBD nation, but he also begun to look at fellowship options. Lots to keep a graduating senior busy!!! In his spare time he enjoys exercising, producing music, photography, and reading. He is currently reading “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind ” by Joseph Murphy” and appreciates it because he feels it educates and teaches one how to properly position one’s thoughts and attitude to manage a lifetime of success.
Interviewing Mr. Cockfield was a great pleasure. As I stated at the beginning of the interview, it didn’t take long for me to realize that Morehouse wasn’t making him into a man; Morehouse was cultivating someone who was already a man in the making! I look forward to hearing more from Mr. Cockfield in another 4-5 years ~ his future looks so bright I gotta wear shades.
Submitted by Sabrina Cherry, Little Black Village Contributing Writer