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Charlotte student thrives in early college

By Hayliegh Palma Martinez

High school: a time of change and exploration.

While many students might find themselves lost when it comes to picturing their life after the glory days of high school, that is not the case for rising senior Warren Chapman. He found his passion early on and has started the journey to pursuing his career aspirations.

Attending Charlotte Teacher Early College High School (CTEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chapman has encountered a unique high school experience while earning college credits to lessen the academic weight in the future.

“I feel like I am missing out on a typical high school experience because in my grade level we only have 50 students,” he said. “I just keep pushing through at my school ‘cause I know it is helping my family save money on college by taking college credits in high school.”

CTEC helps students, like Chapman, on the road to becoming teachers. According to its online fact sheet, its mission is to prepare teachers for the Charlotte area.

“I hated school before I got to middle school,” Chapman said. “I would like to change another young student’s mindset in school just like how Mr. Samuels (his high school history teacher) did for me. He taught me that school can be fun and that school can open up opportunities in your life that you couldn’t imagine.”

While teaching is a career Chapman is passionate about, he has also gained a deep interest in sports journalism.

My parents introduced me to journalism ‘cause I love to talk and can talk about sports for days. My mom said: ‘Every time you talk about sports, you write it down.’ My mother then later told me what I was doing was sports journalism and that I should look into a career as a journalist,” Chapman said.

While Chapman might seem to reflect the interests of a typical teenager who finds sports enjoyable, he possesses a mature nature. Specifically regarding social media, he chooses to use it to accomplish his career goals.

“Last time I was on Twitter and Instagram, my grades started to slip ‘cause I was on it in class,” Chapman said. “Now I think I am more mature, and I think I will open up another social media account but for strictly business.”

Chapman clearly has a path set out for his future, one that shows his compassion.

“The thing I want to do in my life is to help people and to encourage young kids to not limit yourself (but) try to go out of your comfort zone,” Chapman said.