2022 Senior Scholar: Tristan Jeremiah GeorgeMay 13, 2022
Tristan Jeremiah George is an English major with a writing concentration from Clinton, La. While at Morehouse, Tristan was a Dr. Martin L. King Legacy Scholar; Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Inductee; NextGen Men ATL - Cohort Leader; MLK Chapel Assistants Program - Worship & Praise Leader; Kappa Delta Epsilon - Honorary Professional Education Fraternity; Collegiate 100 - Morehouse College Chapter Member; National Society of Leadership & Success Inductee; Coretta Scott King Covenant Fellow with the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast; and National Action Network Member.
After graduation, Tristan will begin teaching at Brownsville Collegiate Charter School with Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, NY.
“I have always wanted to do something that would positively impact the lives of others. After gaining experience as a student teacher in inner city classrooms, I see that there is a great need for more educators who are equipped to respond to students’ cultural, emotional, and academic needs. I believe that this career will continually afford opportunities to influence positive change throughout K-12 classrooms. As an educator, I hope to inspire more young men of color to pursue career pathways in education. I look forward to one day see my students successfully make it to and through college.”
Tristan knew Morehouse was made for him during his first campus tour during the summer before his senior year in high school. “As I watched the men of Morehouse expeditiously migrate to their individual destinations on and off campus, I realized that I was standing on sacred ground, a safe place created just for me. I began researching more about the history of the college and eventually applied to the college and was accepted and offered a partial academic scholarship. A problem that I faced was being able to afford the Morehouse experience. After much deliberation, I decided to join the United States Army Reserve which would allow me to serve my country and provide some additional aid to support my college matriculation. After graduating from high school, I took a gap year to complete military training. I successfully graduated from Basic Combat Training School and Advanced Individual Training School and began my journey at Morehouse the fall of 2018. Since freshman year, I’ve grown so much in my understanding of self and what my purpose in life is. In the words of Maya Angelou revealed to me at Morehouse, I learned that ‘I come as one, but I stand as 10,000.’"
For Tristan, the Morehouse experience is “a unique academic foundation that activates a standard of excellence in each student. The Morehouse experience provides Black men with the tools necessary to be effective and transformative leaders throughout their communities. I have had numerous opportunities to advance my knowledge of the career that I am most interested in, education, and I’ve been able to develop as a leader in varying capacities at Morehouse. The most fulfilling part about my time at Morehouse was being able to serve as a Resident Advisor to my brothers for three years. This position has taught what it truly to means to have your brothers’ back and has afforded me many lifelong friendships and connections with that will follow me for the rest of my life.”