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The Man With The Plan

By MacCalvin Romain, Boston College Student / CEO and Co-Founder of Swag Media Ent.

When I was a kid, my life plan was all mapped out. I had my sights set on playing basketball in the NBA. Or becoming a famous music artist riding in fast cars with expensive jewelry on my neck.

In middle school I struggled in my classes, especially in science, because I didn’t care for water cycles, photosynthesis, and whatever else they taught at the time. But none of those topics seemed important to my grand plan. I watched episodes of “The Magic School Bus” every morning before school, so to me I already had my daily doses of science. Of course, if I ever happened to injure my knee one day, I wouldn’t be able to play in the NBA anymore. But I was willing to take that gamble. Putting all my eggs in one basket seemed like the most efficient way to go about my dreams. It’s less messy, right?

About MacCalvin Romain

Age: 21
Hometown: Boston, MA
Interests: Technology, Basketball, Football, Music, Enjoying time with friends and family, and reading

MacCalvin Romain is a Boston College senior studying Information Systems and Communication. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of his own multi-media business.

My plan was in full swing and was working to perfection up until 8th grade, when I met a few challenges. My mom enrolled me in an after school program, 8th Grade Academy, a part of the Citizen Schools organization. That program marked the moment when my entire life plan began to crumble.

Their goal was to prepare me for high school and beyond. The instructors were adults who worked as lawyers, engineers, authors, computer technicians, and much more. They taught us about different aspects of their jobs and exposed us to other opportunities available to us through weekly activities. One instructor in particular who taught a class that involved computers really struck a chord with me and sparked my interest in technology.

I blame him and everyone else in that program who chose to volunteer and teach me about their professions and other opportunities available. It was their terrible influence that challenged me to dream bigger, to study technology and put my NBA and music dreams in the backseat.

These adults brainwashed me to have more confidence in my academic abilities, to strive to achieve greater goals, to believe that there were no limits to what I could accomplish. And they gave me some of the tools I’d need to get there. Any adult can have that kind of tragic effect on a kid.

Look where all their influence has gotten me: studying Information Systems at Boston College and working in Information Technology position internships. Making chump change compared to that sweet NBA salary or that record deal I originally had hoped for.

They killed my dreams. And I could never be more grateful.