By Asia Allen
This week’s Millsapian is Zachary Rashaad Tullos, a sophomore from Puckett, Miss., who plans to major in psychology and double minor in biology and sociology. He is a member of the Pan-African Student-Alliance (P-ASA) and enjoys playing basketball and ping-pong.
The Purple and White: What made you come to Millsaps?
Zachary Tullos: What made me come to Millsaps was the opportunity to play the sport I love the most—basketball. The school gave me the opportunity to further and excel my education to heights I never believed I could reach.
P&W: What one thing do you wish you could change most about the campus?
ZT: This is such a beautiful community in which we live, and there’s not really too much more I could ask for. However, if there was anything I could change, I might would like to see the concrete pavements and our walkways fixed up better because a lot of our pathways to class are bumpy and need some sort of construction. Also, to see the water fountain back would be lovely.
P&W: What do you plan to do after graduating Millsaps?
ZT: After I graduate Millsaps College with my Bachelor’s degree in hand, I plan to continue my education and apply for a great Occupational Therapy School and receive my Master’s Degree. After completion of my Master’s, the plan is to eventually earn my Doctorate of Therapy Degree and start my career as an Occupational Therapist.
P&W: What one thing do you like most about yourself?
ZT: …My ability to interact with others and quickly make new friends. Being an extrovert in high school never really meant much to me, but coming to Millsaps helped me realize that making new friends and memories is what the college experience is all about.
P&W: Tell me something embarrassing about yourself.
ZT: Oh gosh, something that I feel is embarrassing to me would probably be the way I walk. Considering that I am 6’7” and lanky as can be, when I walk alone it feels awkward and like my legs aren’t moving in sync with the rest of my body. I know it sounds weird, but I’m so insecure about the way I walk.
P&W: What do you hope to check off your “bucket list” in the next year?
ZT: Back home where I’m from, a lot of my close friends have become discouraged and have stopped going to college and before 2018 ends, I want to see all of them back in school somewhere working on furthering their education. I want to be a positive light to them and encourage them to get back in school and inform them of all the possibilities and opportunities they could gain from going to college. I would like to scratch that off my bucket list sooner rather than later.
P&W: What has been your high and low of your week?
ZT: This past week was definitely a rollercoaster for me. The high point in my week was probably winning this years’ intramural basketball championship with the Big Ballers. Helping those guys win their third consecutive championship was great, and I had a lot of fun in the process. The low of my week was having to type a four-seven-page paper for Dr. Evans in the matter of a day because I forgot to complete it…Yet, my week was pretty good overall.
P&W: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
ZT: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received definitely came first semester of this year from a close friend of mine named Jocelyn Green. I was going through a lot and things weren’t going my way, and I started becoming distant with a lot of people. We were having a conversation and she told me something along the lines of, “Zach, no matter how hard things get or no matter how much darkness rises over you, God is always there for a shoulder to cry on.” This can apply to so many situations and I thank God for having a friend like Jocelyn Green.
The Purple and White thanks Zach for answering these questions! If you or someone you know would like to be the next “Meet the Millsapian,” you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.