When he was a student at Riverdale, Javin Michael ’15 took on many different roles. He was captain of the ultimate Frisbee team in his senior year. He was a member of the marine conservation club and the game theory club. He was active in the school’s theater and music program, working behind the scenes to help produce shows. And he was elected to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Student Advisory Council to offer advice regarding the Institute’s educational programs and events – a role he first took on while a student at Harlem Academy.
Now, as a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), he’s one step closer to a future role: engineer. “I like the idea of being able to build things,” says Javin. “Designing and making models has always been my strong suit.”
Harlem Academy’s applied science program, including middle school trips to RPI, was Javin’s first introduction to engineering. It planted a seed that grew at Riverdale, and soon he was hooked. “I’m really excited about college,” he says. “I’m ready to be in a learning space where I’m focused on precisely what I want to do in the future.”
One of the many Harlem Academy lessons he has brought with him to RPI is to never give up. “When I think back to the Creed, I focus on the last section, which is about determination. It really helped me push through during my junior year at Riverdale. I had a lot on my plate that year, and it was tough to balance it all. But I kept pushing, I kept working, and I did well.”