Making the Most of His College Credit
Howard Weatherspoon hopes to graduate from Albany State University in the fall of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He did not always know that he wanted to study math. After graduating from Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, he enrolled in Troy University in Alabama. He completed one semester before he decided he wanted to return to Georgia. He successfully transferred 15 college credits to Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) and began taking classes there in 2015. While at GGC he decided to major in math.
Weatherspoon decided to complete his degree at one of Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He chose Albany State University (ASU), Georgia’s largest HBCU, founded in 1903. Weatherspoon was able to transfer to Albany with over 30 college credits from Troy and GGC. He has distinguished himself during his time in college by making the Dean’s list, receiving an S-STEM Scholarship, placing 3rd at the 2018 Columbus State Calculus Tournament, and 3rd place at the 2018 ASU Research Symposium. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has also taken part in the Florida-Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation (FGAMP), and the 2018 CaSTL-Pathways summer cohort at the University of California-Irvine for summer research. When he graduates he hopes to continue to pursue higher degrees and earn a PhD in Applied Mathematics.
Ultimately, Weatherspoon would like to teach. While still in college he is showing his desire to teach and help others through campus activities such as being a campus tour guide (Holley Ambassador), former president of M.A.L.E.S. Mentors, and a Math Peer Tutor. Twice he was tutor of the month. Weatherspoon would also like to help others by sharing his experience as a transfer student. “In my opinion, transferring to a new university is harder than enrolling for the first time.”
“In my opinion, transferring to a new university is harder than enrolling for the first time.”
Weatherspoon was able to successfully use his college credits from 3 different schools. He advises anyone with college credits to do their research and make sure they are making the best use of their credit. “Sometimes you have course credits and you don’t know what to do with them. You might even want to give up on school. Don’t give up. Look for a school you like, do your research, and make sure you don’t waste credit, time, or money.”