May 6, 2016 – For Fort Valley State University senior Joshua Brown, graduating from Fort Valley State University is part of a family tradition. The 23-year-old Macon, Ga. native, who will graduate on May 7th with a degree in criminal justice, has FVSU roots that stretch back to his early childhood.
“My Dad is actually an alum of this school and grew up here,” Brown said. “Seeing him around on this campus and (hearing) his stories about being on FVSU’s campus, made me fall in love with the campus. So far, my experience has been a wonderful one. It’s a family-oriented campus, and everyone loves everyone.”
Brown enrolled at FVSU in 2011as a freshman and served as a member of the tuba section in the Blue Machine Marching Band.
“It was a great experience, marching in an HBCU band,” he said. “It was totally different from any band experience I’ve had.”
The senior also served as the president of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brown also served as vice president of the university’s student ambassadors program, where he was heavily involved in recruiting potential students to FVSU and leading tours of the campus.
While on campus, Brown said one of his closest mentors on campus was FVSU employee Denise Ezell, or Mama Dee, as he affectionately calls her. Brown also interned at the Perry Police Department in Perry, Ga.
“I learned a lot and gained a lot from the officers at the department,” Brown said. “I found out about the everyday duties and lives of the officers, and the hardships that they face. I discovered the love they have for people and compassion they have for one another and for their job.”
Brown said one of his top goals was to land a job before leaving college, and he succeeded with the help of Mama Dee. Ezell made phone calls to alums in Americus Georgia, who eventually hired him for a position. Brown will begin working with the Department of Juvenile Justice in Americus as soon as he leaves campus.
“I’ll miss the camaraderie here on campus,” he said. “I made lifelong friends here. I’ll miss the daily life at FVSU. It’s something that you just grow to love. My family, my friends, I’ll miss them.”
Brown said his future plans are to become a U.S. Marshall. He believes good things are in store for him in the future.
“I live by the bible verse, Jerimiah 29:11,”Brown said. “’For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He left this final piece of advice to students.
“Never give up on your dreams, even if life throws you a curveball,” Brown said, “Never give up on hope.”
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