Carnell Tate may just be a college student, but he has already made a difference in this world beyond his years.
Carnell is usually found on campus, mobilizing other student leaders to create initiatives that provide impactful and educational opportunities for those interested in the energy industry. Being the student chapter president at the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) at Kennesaw State University, he is seen as a strong influence and model for other students.
Aside from being a student leader, he is also a passionate educator spending his free hours tutoring his colleagues who are having a hard time in the university. For five years, he has dedicated time to help students who struggle to learn to become empowered learners.
“After tutoring STEM subjects for five years now, and being a higher education leader for the past two years, poor marks from my students and colleagues usually do not come from a lack of intelligence or skill but rather the fear of being frustrated and avoiding messing up,” he explains. “What students have trouble seeing is that messing up is not permanent and goes away with more practice.”
Besides being an educator, he also excels academically and has a strong extracurricular record winning debate championships as well as receiving awards as a student leader and a researcher.
Beyond his life as a mechanical engineer undergraduate at Kennesaw State University, Carnell focuses on more ways he can contribute to the world. He wants to lead a movement, a legacy, to make a difference toward others and the world.
For Carnell, what he does is not far from the ordinary. It’s not unique nor revolutionary. It just works. “The principles of success have been around since the dawn of time, and I get the most joy from being on the front line and helping people solve their problems. Whether it be for business or academia, I am here to help,” he says.
As a millennial himself, he attracts, motivates, and leads students to better outcomes. He helped them take control of their lives and turn it around. In fact, those who have a hard time catching up with the lessons before are now thriving scholars that they were always capable of becoming.
While on his way to inspiring and empowering others through education, he saw what he wanted to do. He discovered his passion for understanding the issues that affect him, others, and the rest of the world. For him, social and environmental justice means not only being an informed citizen but also realizing your place in the world to change it.
Furthermore, he believes that “becoming an authority figure and leader does not predicate having a doctorate or being highly educated with prestigious accolades and experience.” That’s why Carnell believes that social and environmental justice is not just about titles; it means having the responsibility to seize opportunities and wield privilege for good.
Indeed, although Carnell Tate may be just a college student, his passion and heart go out to create lasting change and hopefully, a vision for a better tomorrow.
To learn more about Carnell Tate, connect with him on LinkedIn.