For our #MeetCohort12 series, we met up with Joseph to find out more about his background and his decision to take a gap year. Having spent most of his childhood in Atlanta and his youth in Little Rock, he is most excited about the Launch phase, where he will be in San Francisco, one of the most vibrant cities in the world and hopes that it will have a positive impact on his life. Joseph will begin his gap year in October with the largest UnCollege Cohort to date.
UnCollege: Where are you from and what were you like growing up?
Joseph: Growing up I was really goofy like I am now. I was very energetic, and everyone loved being around me. I grew up in Atlanta for most of my youth, to me it was pretty normal, but to some people, I grew up in a tougher environment.
What do you like to do during your free time?
I feel like school is great for socializing and building connections and should not be taken lightly. But for me, I had zero interest in high school, honestly. I felt like I was learning so much out of school that I was just wasting time at school...but school is really a bittersweet thing.
What’s your stance on school or what are your favorite and least favorite parts about school?
During my free time I just like to chill, listen to music, maybe play video games, or watch documentaries. I'm really into documentaries, so I can spend hours watching them.
What led you to take a gap year?
My mom introduced me to the gap year route, and I felt like it was the best thing to do because I didn't know what to do after I graduated from high school.
How did your parents respond?
Both my mom and dad were very excited and supportive of me taking a gap year.
What are you most excited about going into UnCollege? (phase, element, etc?)
I'm most excited about moving to San Francisco! I watched some of the stuff that they were doing in the workshops, and it just made me want to be a part of it. I feel like when I get to San Fran my life will change drastically for the better.
What are your goals for the gap year?
My goals for the gap year is to learn as much as possible and build great connections for the future, those aren't all of my goals, but they are some of the most important.
What’s your biggest fear going into the program?
I have zero fear going into the program honestly. I'm just happy to get out of Little Rock.
What is your favorite quote?
"Live Life Love Long" - Joseph Reed
What’s your six-word story?
Came from nothing; ended doing something
Can you finish this sentence? In 5 years, you will find me...
In 5 years you will see and hear me on every platform possible being creative and trying to better the world one step at a time. Lol, I'm going to be an icon!