Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Criminal Justice
Career goal: “To play a significant role in modernizing the justice system to proactively respond to the needs of the community in an emotionally intelligent way, while de-criminalizing processes that marginalizes/targets certain populations of society.”
Motto: “When life gives you lemons, take the seeds and share them to encourage fruitful growth in everyone.” – K. Jones-Jackson
Congratulations to Christian Broussard, the first Hercules Scholar for our May School of the Month, Huston-Tillotson University. Christain has a bright future and a poetic tongue. He has post-graduation plans of attending law school and becoming an attorney. Read more about Christain below, in his own words.
Greatness In The Making
The burglar bar covered windows, the lonely nights, and the gunshots were all a part of life in the 5th Ward, one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in the Houston area. Money came and went like a tornado passing by, and bills tumbled on top of our heads like a rain cloud that did not seem to disappear. My father was nowhere in sight because he went to a better place and for most, I seemed like the typical black stereotype that America was used to seeing. Through it all, it was God who would have the last say-so, and shine light through the dark tunnel to the beginning of a worthy existence. Life for me was a struggle, because I often didn’t know what my life would look like. For the most part, I knew I did not want to be a statistic that people were most familiar with such as a thug, drug dealer, or hustler. I knew I wanted better for myself, and my mother knew it as well.
The hard times I went through as a child prepared me for the hardships in life, but those same hard times built me into the person I am today. Those hard times made me understand the reason why I work so hard for the things I want to see myself accomplish. My family and I often did not have cable television, so we used an antenna to get the basic channels like Fox 26, CW, and My20. Therefore, to get away from the toxic world, I would sit and watch the television show, Law & Order, all day long. This television show sparked my interest in the Criminal Justice field. I was intrigued by the detectives, crime stories, and evidence because those were things I saw all the time in 5th Ward. In my head I knew one day I would become a lawyer and start my own law firm; that is my dream to this day.
The rough lifestyle of 5th Ward made me realize that if I did not take my school work serious, I was going to end up just like the men I saw roaming the streets, getting into trouble. It made me hungrier to commit to my studies. Sitting there watching these types of television shows, to get away from the toxic world, helped me define my professional aspirations – thus my journey to study Criminal Justice at Huston-Tillotson University. It molded me into a strong determined individual because to me there was no going back. I knew I had to do whatever I could to make it in life and I did just that.
I embrace that I am from 5th Ward, I use my experiences growing up, to motivate me to achieve my dreams. Here I am, a first-year undergraduate Criminal Justice major at Huston Tillotson University. I am the Freshman Class Secretary, incoming (2019-2020) Campus Activities Board Director, and I am proud to say I made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. I am proud of how far I have come. I have fought so hard to get here and there is no stopping me. I am determined, more than ever, to graduate from college. In the near future, I plan on becoming President of the Student Government Association – I believe it is important to serve the students of Huston-Tillotson University because they are the future. As I indicated earlier in my essay, I plan to become a lawyer, and start my own law firm. My life’s journey has truly been a blessing in disguises, I am proud of my roots – I will continue to press towards excellence.