Digital Media Production Major
What made you decide to come to Drake?
When I was in sixth grade, my dad, Rodell Davis Sr., coached basketball here, so Drake was on my radar. It ended up being my top school when I came to visit on the Chicago Bus Trip. It was a lot of fun and my host was great, so that really solidified why I came here. Plus I was familiar with Des Moines from living here a year.
Are you involved in anything related to your major on campus?
I have a weekly show on Drake’s radio station, 94.1 The Dog, that airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. I started doing it for a class last semester and then decided to continue because it’s given me a lot of experience. Not only am I the personality on the show; I’m also the DJ, so I provide the music. I’m also the producer, so I have to adjust and monitor all the audio controls as well. It’s really given me the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a radio station without necessarily having it seem like work.
What is Crew Scholars and what has it provided for you?
Crew Scholars is an academic and professional development program for students of color here on campus. People think it’s only a scholarship, but it’s way more than that. This group has become my family away from family. The people are amazing, and I know there is always going to be someone there to push me to do what I’m interested in doing. While it assists with the academic side of things at Drake, it definitely also encourages the social side of life as well. We’ve been able to visit with people at The Principle Financial Group and Nationwide Insurance to learn what their companies look for in candidates. I could have had that opportunity [without Crew], but Crew has made it more fun and provided the opportunity in an atmosphere that I feel comfortable in. Going into these big companies can be kind of intimidating, but having the people around me that I know I will be comfortable with leaves a little wiggle room for that nervousness to disappear.
Why did you decide to become an RA, and what do you hope to accomplish for your residents?
Coming into school, I knew [Resident Assistant] might be one of the leadership positions that would be accessible to me. I had a good relationship with the RAs in my building, and it seemed like they really enjoyed [the opportunity]. Even if I don’t have an impact on every single person, if I have an impact on one, that means something. I’ve left my mark.