For Marquius Young, it was all about the suit.
"As a young guy, I always admired the men I'd see on television who were wearing
business suits. I liked the whole appeal of wearing a suit and feeling like someone.
I wanted to be someone."
And he figured out how to do that. Marquius, a senior from Gainesville, Ga., is
a business major with an entrepreneurship concentration. He says his studies are
helping him achieve his dreams.
"I eventually hope to have my own business," he says. "Both management and entrepreneurship
are preparing me for that goal."
Marquius says freedom is something that really appeals to him about entrepreneurship.
"You have the freedom to be who you are, and who you want to be, through your
business. But with that comes a lot of responsibility. My involvement with Enactus
has helped me learn how to handle all of that."
Marquius is president of the college's chapter of Enactus, an international nonprofit
organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are
committed to using the power of entrepreneurship to improve the quality of life
for people in need.
"Our main purpose in Enactus is to transform lives, "he says. "Our work stays
within our community, and we strive to practice sustainability, something that
is important to many major corporations, both internationally as well as nationally."
The group has a entrepreneurship focus, he says.
"We maintain a business mindset as we work with people, trying to help them understand
One program Enactus has spearheaded is a particular favorite.
"Last year, we continued a program that had been started before I came to LaGrange,"
he says. "We started a computer lab at the local Boys and Girls Club, and we were
able to use sustainable computers."
The children initially were excited about the lab because it meant they had access
to more games and fun, Marquius says.
"But our purpose was to let them know that these computers were a tool to help
them in their studies. There were some kids who don't have computers or the internet
at home so they can do their homework. The lab helps them with that."
As a member of the Panther football team, Marquius is used to balancing studies
with extracurricular activities.
"Football is very important to me," he says. "It has taught me about hard work,
how to be dedicated to something, even when no one is watching. I've brought that
same mentality into my studies."
Ask Marquius what he thinks sets LaGrange College apart from other institutions
and he has a quick answer.
"The relationship I have with my professors has been so valuable to me. They really
care about what I have going on, whether it's grades or anything else outside of
school. I even have some of their cell phone numbers. They are amazing."
But there is one group that Marquius calls his foundation.
"My family is so supportive," he says. "They make sacrifices for all of us. My
parents have centered me and my brothers and sister so that we know what needs
to be done to be successful.
"I am in constant contact with my family, especially my siblings. Traveling
on the buses back and forth from football games, I'm always texting them about
school and whatever is going on in their lives."
They also have a healthy sense of competition.
"My brother and I are always talking about who is going to make the most money
when we get out of school," he laughs.
"That really drives me."
More than anything, though, family support is what matters to Marquius.
"Someday I hope I can take care of my family like they have taken care of me,"
he says. "Without my family, I wouldn't be nearly as far as I am now."