NC A&T graduate helps students stay in school

GREENSBORO, NC — An NC A&T grad recently returned to his alma mater to educate students on the best ways to succeed in college.

What do you want to know

  • A drop in FAFSA renewals in late spring 2020 compared to the previous year suggests that some low-income students were not planning to re-enroll
  • NC A&T graduate Emeka Anazia launched Acing the Undergrad, a program aimed at college retention
  • He often offers his services to first-generation college students, students from low-income families or students with disabilities.

Emeka Anazia presented at the 2022 North Carolina TRIO Student Initiative Conference on Codeswitching and Personal Branding.

“Personal branding and code switching is so important because students need to know how to navigate different spaces. The way you talk with your grandparents is not the way you talk with your friends,” he said.

These tools are part of Acing the Undergrad, Anazia’s program aimed at school perseverance.

According to a College Board study, in late spring 2020, FAFSA renewals were down 5% from the previous year, suggesting that some low-income students were not planning to re-enroll.

During the pandemic, Anazia was able to help hundreds of students across the country stay in school as many chose not to re-enroll.

Anazia said these are the same tools he used to stay focused while dealing with his own health issues during his undergraduate studies.

“I have lupus and I survived a stroke, so it was a lot of hard work, very hard, but with discipline and applying what we teach.[…] I just did a great job,” Anazia explained.

He often offers his services to TRIO students who are first-generation college students, from low-income families, or who have a disability.

TRIO Federal Programs aim to help disadvantaged students to follow the academic path.

He said he was happy to finally see them all face to face.

“It feels good. I have a passion for just preparing students for college, or if they’re in college, just helping them learn to be successful. With COVID, a lot of things have been virtual, so it’s good to see the students in person,” Anazia said.

Since its launch in 2013, it has helped thousands of students gain the skills they need to complete college.

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