Micah Connor is weighing his job options after graduating Goucher College in Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)
In 2012, when 18-year-old Micah Connor graduated from Coppin Academy, a public charter high school located on the campus of Baltimore’s Coppin State University, he was the leader of the Robotics Club, a Student Government Association representative and he participated in the Chess Club, in addition to being the valedictorian of his graduating class. For his leadership, academic achievement and commitment to community service, he was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, which was named in honor of founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corp., Ralph J. Roberts.
“We expect the best, and he always gives the best…he’s always been a high achiever,” Mamie Conner, his mother, told the AFRO of her son’s hard work at the time.
Four years have gone by and the young man is now a college graduate with endless possibilities before him.
“Living on campus taught me how to interact with other people from other cultures and countries,” Connor told the AFRO of his time at Goucher College in Towson, Md. “It also taught me to appreciate the basic things people take for granted such as access to library resources. In contrast, it also taught me how temporal friends can be. My four years of college were a microcosm of life.”
As a high-school senior, Connor was awarded multiple scholarships offers to attend various colleges, including Goucher and Stevenson, Coppin State and Drexel universities, leaving him to make a tough decision of what college to attend.
After turning down a full-ride scholarship to Coppin, Connor joined the U.S. Model Senate at Goucher College while still in high school, assuming the role of a senator and debating legislation topics. This experience led Connor to decide on Goucher for his undergraduate education.
While at there, Connor majored in history with a minor in historic preservation. During his sophomore year, Connor volunteered at Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives, where he worked alongside other students transcribing and digitizing a World War II diary, before working there as a student assistant.
Connor was awarded a fellowship his junior year, which allowed him to create a public exhibit with three other students for two consecutive semesters. The following year, Connor studied abroad in London, England, while interning in the office of British politician Victoria Atkins. Atkins is a member of Parliament for Louth and Horncastle.
Connor recently graduated with honors from Goucher College, and he is currently working at the Maryland Historical Society and would like to return to England to work with Atkins in London.
His mother told the AFRO of her son’s achievements, “I count it all joy. To God be the glory.”