Tarik is going back to high school
I look back on my years at Upper Arlington High School, located in a suburb of Columbus, with great fondness. Since graduating in 2001, I have been an active alumni by attending events, speaking with students about entrepreneurship and even buying a home for my family in the same neighborhood where I grew up.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure I announce I have been asked to participate in an exciting initiative starting at the high school relating to its Industrial Technology curriculum. Called ‘Project Lead the Way,’ the initiative will offer courses founded in a national engineering program that will grow into a four-course sequence over the next few years.
I am excited to participate in this worthwhile program for several reasons. First, students completing the sequence of classes will earn college credit, which will save them time and money when they go to college. I’m also honored to share my background and experiences with the sciences and small business with current Upper Arlington students.
As a member of the Advisory Committee for the initiative, I will be walking the hallways of my alma mater on my way to the various classrooms where I will be speaking with and advising students about how they can apply their engineering and science acumen in the Real World. I will also share my insights into what it takes to be a small business owner, an endeavor I enjoy and treasure but one that would probably have been easier if I had more advisors along the way.
And yes, I will definitely be looking for my old locker!