Letter from Xavier Suggs

Hello,

I'd like to start this letter off by saying Congratulations! You have been accepted to The Ohio State University.  You're getting ready to move on to a new exciting life: A new life of responsibility, hard work, pressure, freedom, and fun.

My name is Xavier Suggs; I just completed my first year at OSU.  I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have decided to remain in Columbus to take summer classes. My first year at OSU was full of new challenges and humbling experiences.  Although personally I feel I have plenty of room to grow and improve, many may say my first year at Ohio State was a success.  I finished the year off with a cumulative G.P.A of a 3.6.  I am business marketing major, and hope to begin the fall quarter taking classes within the Fisher College of Business.

Now that you have an idea of who I am I would like to talk about the Early Arrival Program.  This is something you do not want to miss out on.  I remember last year when I came to the program, I was so happy to have my dorm room to myself for a couple of days before my roommate arrived.  I usually don't say much if I don't know you.  This is part of the reason the Early Arrival Program helped me so much.  In reality young Black men do not usually walk up to other brothers on campus and introduce themselves.  All of my close friends at Ohio State came through the Early Arrival Program.  Having a group of brothers to hang out with before classes starts really makes your transition from high school to college easier.  You don't feel like you are going through college alone.

There was a lot more to program than just making friends.  It prepared me for the challenges awaiting me at OSU.  This program helped me to get a good Grade Point Average for my first quarter.  From the beginning of the program we were told to stay focused.  At Ohio State there are going to be a lot of distractions: girls, parties, and more girls.  We were taught to remember why we're here.  This program reminded me of how serious college is, and the importance of having a good start.

There is so much more to say about my experience at the early arrival program, but I will not spoil it for you since I know you will be there.  I look forward to meeting you, and know that you will be glad to start your new life at The Ohio State University.

Xavier Suggs
c/o 2009