Today, a younger generation has started a legacy of social and environmental activists worldwide calling for urgent change, and one of those who seek to lead a movement, a legacy, is Carnell Tate.
Carnell Tate is no ordinary college student. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate at the Kennesaw State University, one might think that he is only interested in his degree alone. However, Carnell is more than that. He goes beyond what is expected of him while seeking to create change, make an impact, and, most of all, lead and leave a legacy.
In the campus alone, Carnell has a strong involvement in different organizations. For two years, he is the student chapter president at the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), leading the organization with initiatives that can elevate the chapter and provide impactful and educational opportunities for those interested in the energy industry. The organization even invited prominent figures in the energy industry such as electric vehicle expert and Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Dr. Richard Simmons, elected officials such as Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore, U.S. Department of Transportation FTA Manager Tyrone Pelt, and many others.
He also frees up an hour or two of his day, dedicating it to tutoring his colleagues. Carnell has been doing this for five years now and had a life-changing realization that poor marks do not come from a lack of intelligence but rather the fear of being frustrated and failing. But for him, what most students don’t see is that messing up in one subject isn’t permanent and goes away with practice. Carnell, instead, doubles his effort and patience in 1-on-1 to make sure he helps his students break barriers and achieve better grades.
Today, the students who once had a hard time catching up with the lessons are now thriving scholars they were always capable of becoming.
“As a millennial myself, I attract, motivate, and lead students to better outcomes. I have worked as an educator for five years so I know what it takes to succeed as a student,” Carnell says. “I have used my experience to connect students with professional opportunities such as interdisciplinary exposure to mechanical, civil, electrical, computer engineering as well as architecture and construction management.”
Many students are inspired and even more empowered to go beyond education but taking on the responsibility to seize opportunities and wield privilege for good, thanks to Carnell.
While Carnell Tate may only be just a college student to some, he believes in the endless potential he has to shift his mission and create lasting change as an engineering student and an educator. Carnell’s commitment to education reaches beyond K12 and on his desire to help better the lives of his students and their families. After seeing the benefits of tutoring in higher education on the university level, Carnell thought that the K12 education system should benefit from more affordable STEM education opportunities. This benefit is for low-income families and school districts who may not be able to afford the Ivy League experience.
To learn more about Carnell Tate, connect with him on LinkedIn.