College of Southern Maryland (CSM) alum Cedrick Hawkins, ’20, is chasing his dream of becoming an elementary school teacher, author, and polished podcaster – professions and callings he said he didn’t even know he had until he attended his first semester as a CSM student. Hawkins shared that when he first came to CSM he wasn’t clear about what he wanted to do with his life. The Calvert County resident knew he wanted to stay close to his family while attending CSM and work toward a transfer to Bowie State University, but he had no idea what that path would look like. And then something happened during one of his first classes at CSM that planted a seed. A public speaking assignment in Professor Sarah Merranko’s Communications 101 class sparked his confidence in the power of his voice and his ability to think on his feet. When students went home for remote learning in 2020 during the early days of COVID-19 and right before Hawkins was to graduate from CSM, that seed began to root and eventually blossom into his decision to start his own podcast. “At first it was really hard to reach out and be vulnerable, so it […]
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