Georgia Southwestern State news release
AMERICUS (April 6, 2010)--Over the last four years, Michael Moses spent most of his time on the soccer field at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Judging by his GPA and recent acceptance to the University of California Los Angeles' (UCLA) graduate program, Moses knows his way around the classroom, too.
Moses' academic advisor and current Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Jeff Waldrop, gives him high praise for working hard on and off the soccer field.
"Michael is a four-year letterman for GSW's soccer team, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society," said Waldrop. "Throughout his time at GSW, Michael not only has shown significant growth as a student, academically, but he has done so with the comportment of a gentleman. All of his English major and history minor program professors rave about what a delight he is to have in their classes."
Los Angeles is far from Americus and Moses' hometown of Marietta, but he is looking forward to studying on the west coast. Moses begins at UCLA in September.
"I chose UCLA because I love California, and Los Angeles has so much to offer," Moses said. "I love culture, and I consider Los Angeles as one of the culture capitals of the world. I am pursuing African-American studies because I want a better understanding of American culture and society."
Soccer brought Moses to Georgia Southwestern. After graduating from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, he wanted to continue playing competitive sports, and he was offered a soccer scholarship by former GSW soccer coach Barry Kaplan. A four-year letterman, Moses played midfielder for the Hurricanes and was a member of the 2008 and 2009 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.
Moses was also a member of the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll.
"As a student athlete, I've learned not to give up," added Moses. "A lot of times, things did not go my way. This was tough to deal with, but I had to realize that no matter the situation, I had to do my best and not give up. More importantly, I have learned to think for myself."
Moses will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in history. After he completes his Master of Arts in African American studies at UCLA, Moses plans to pursue his Ph.D., and eventually, teach at the college level.