Class of 2022 results: Josiah Williams helps others succeed in science


Charlotte, North Carolina


Neuroscience and Philosophy


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HPU graduates lead prestigious career paths around the world in Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top law, medical and graduate programs, and many other respected organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a sneak peek at one outstanding graduate of the Class of 2022:

Name: Josiah Williams

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

specialty: Neuroscience and Philosophy

Plans after graduation: Williams is joining Teach For America as a high school science teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a Title 1 school. Throughout the summer, he will participate in an intensive training program to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students to succeed and be active advocates promoting equity in education.

How HPU helped you get there: “At High Point University, I took full advantage of the opportunities for personal and professional development. I attended mock interview events at 1924 PRIME and got great insight and advice on how to articulate and present my thoughts, goals and achievements to an employer.”

Most Influential Mentor at HPU: “I have been incredibly fortunate to connect with and receive advice and life lessons from many professors on campus such as Dr. Laura Alexander, Dr. Claudine Davidshofer, Dr. Mark Tull, Dr. Thaddeus Ostrowski, Dr. Caroline Mobley, Dr. Stacey Lipowski, Dr. Nathan Hedman, Dr. Christine Ackerman, Dr. Michael Grider, Dr. Alixandra Janus, and Jennifer Cotto-Yuklund. These amazing people are directly responsible for cultivating an inspiring environment and exceptional education; they are the “caring people”. There were so many moments where I sat down and talked to them and felt really in the moment. I will never forget all the conversations and many laughs I had in Dr. Davidshofer’s office, ranging from French politics to defining the signature perfume of various philosophers. Those moments were the highlight of my time at HPU.”

Most impactful moment at HPU: “My most impactful moments at HPU were when I walked past my professors’ offices, turned around, walked in and said, ‘I’m here to bother you!'” I usually only intended to speak for five minutes for the day, but they often turned into long conversations about life. I have found that building relationships is an essential life skill because connection is necessary to live a fulfilling life. I found that in the conversations I had and in all the moments that were filled with laughter and joy.”

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “The beauty and purpose of HPU’s campus provides an exemplary model of the relationship between structure and the message it conveys. Grand entrances are as welcoming as they are beautiful, because one does not “invade” a particular space – one is invited into the building. Recognizing this connection has helped me connect with the world in my personal and professional life. For example, I have to consider how the structure of a presentation implicitly communicates to my audience because I have an obligation to create an equitable space that is welcoming to all.”

What are the life skills that HPU helped you develop that set you up for long-term success? “My professors and the courses I have taken at High Point University have shaped me into a conscientious citizen who can address societal issues from multiple perspectives, formulate fair solutions, and work with a team of people to accomplish goals.”

What are the values ​​and virtues that the HPU campus helped you develop that you will take with you after graduation? “I still remember one lesson from President Kubain’s freshman life skills seminar about walking with intention. I will often find myself going through the motions or not stopping long enough to smell the roses and be present. The other day, President Qubein humorously demonstrated walking with and without direction or intent, and the essence of his cartoon is something I still think about. We must always ask ourselves the question “Why?” for everything we do, and we should never lower our self-esteem by taking ‘I don’t know’ as an answer.”

Tips for lower school students: “I would recommend that students in the class find time for themselves at the beginning of each semester to set a clear vision. Ask yourself “Why?” and write down the image/goals that come to mind. Keep this vision to yourself and bounce back in difficult times. Because you can’t write a good article without first knowing how it will end; likewise, a life without goals set every day is a life that becomes meaningless.

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