Georgian Court University history major Vincent Brown has accumulated many awards and accolades during his academic career. He’s been inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. He received the Eugenia M. Palmegiano Endowed Scholarship for History. And, he will be graduating with full Latin honors.
But, when Vincent first stepped on the campus in 2015, he was concerned. The Jackson resident had a learning disability, and he anticipated that the transition to collegiate life would be a challenge. But the history buff was captivated by the historic campus, including the Mansion and Casino. After learning more about Georgian Court, including the resources available through The Learning Connection, as well as the small class sizes he could expect, he decided to give it a shot.
Vincent immediately immersed himself in university life. A hardworking and meticulous student, he was soon excelling in his classes. He seized on his love of history and took advantage of research opportunities, including studying the work of Alice Paul, who was an important force in the women’s suffrage movement. What started out as a 25-point, extra-credit assignment turned into an ongoing research project that highlighted Vincent’s love of the Progressive Era with larger-than-life figures like Teddy Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.
Soon, Vincent was tapped as a peer tutor with Chart the Course, a GCU program that provides coaching and tutoring to help students attain their degrees within four years. He also hosted a radio show called “The Vincent Brown Show” and a podcast where he talked about history and politics. He contributed to The Lion’s Talestudent newspaper, as well.
Vincent’s goal is to continue his education through his Ph.D. and become a history professor, imparting his love of the past’s rich stories on others. He credits Georgian Court with helping him complete the first step to make this dream a reality.
Story contributed by Gwen Moran.