University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Antoine Cobb (2016)

My First Generation Story

I am the only child of a high school graduate and a high school dropout. Both of my parents were substance abusers the majority of their adult life, and were in and out of prison throughout most of my childhood. I am also a product of one the nation’s least-effective school systems. Also, I was erroneously placed in special education from grade two to grade 10.
Living in a drug-infested, crime-ridden community, there were no adults to guide me. I had to create my own opportunities. These are daunting problems, and I am proud I emerged from this cauldron as a stronger and highly motivated professional.

Early on, I discovered a passion for technology. Computers allowed me to overcome many of my childhood difficulties. I was attracted to computers because they provided useful information, otherwise inaccessible to someone like me with limited personal and educational resources. Technology helped level the playing field.

I studied electrical/electronics engineering technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. I am proud to be the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college.
UMES was where I first believed I could do anything I wanted if I persevered.

One class, freshman math, changed my life. Studying hard but performing low on exams resulted in a mid-term grade of “F.” That propelled me to work harder to pass the class. Working with a math tutor, I spent three hours every day on homework assignments as well as additional questions.

I earned a “B,” which gave me the confidence to believe anything I put my mind to and work hard at, I can achieve. After this experience, I never doubted myself and changed my way of thinking. I know I can come up with solutions and reasons why things can be done and goals can be accomplished.

In the ensuing nine years, I have benefited from working in the private sector for employers who exposed me to federal government systems, reinforcing a confidence in myself nurtured by my college experience.

My goal is to create large-scale positive change through technology and business practices. So, I am going back to school. I will pursue a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Ideally, I want to do what I can to keep the United States competitive and reclaim manufacturing jobs migrating to other countries.

About the Student

Antoine Cobb Resized

Nine years after earning his B.S. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Mr. Cobb is going to UVa's Darden School of Business to work on his MBA.

Student Stats

Name: Antoine Cobb (2016)
Age: 32
Year in School: MBA Student
Major: electronics engineering technology
Favorite Course: Freshman Math
Dream Job: Workforce Development Entrepreneur

About the School

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy.   Since its beginning, the institution has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. In 1988, it became a member of the then eleven campus (now thirteen) University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland. UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.



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