College Changes Everything: Marceil Davis

This video blog is the sixth of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2. 

Marceil Davis

College Attended
Central Michigan University

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Applied Arts

Current Job Title/Employer
Academic Advisor, Center for Inclusion and Diversity at Central Michigan University

Year of College Graduation
May 2010

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college?
I was encouraged by high school teachers, coaches, and mentors to attend college. As a high school student, I participated in the King Chavez Parks program and was motivated to attend college by seeing college students who looked like me.

What surprised you most about college?
I was surprised most by the plethora of opportunities and resources available to me in college. I was amazed by the fact that I made it to college without the resources others may have come with, but I had the same access to the university resources in which they had access. Going to college was a new start for me socially and academically.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome while attending college was financial instability. Each year I started a new semester of college unsure about where I would stay because I didn’t have the funds for housing. 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
College changed my life. College saved my life. I am a firm believer that I may be dead or in jail if I hadn’t gone to college.

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you.
All the odds were stacked against me as a black male foster kid from Flint. As I reflect on my childhood and think about my friends and family who went down paths of incarceration and death, I realize it could’ve easily been me. I was on course to become a “statistic.” Through the urging and guidance of my adopted mother, I became involved with King Chavez Parks and other programs in my community which connected me with mentors who exposed me to college and pushed college as the next step for me. Additionally, I had very supportive teachers and coaches who made it known to me that they not only wanted me to go to college, but expected me to do so. College changed my trajectory and saved my life.

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