Meet Jolawn:
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I am an only child, and this factor has greatly shaped my goal to have a large family. I hope to one day play monopoly with my family and not have to invite guests over to have all the playing pieces taken. After attending Breck school for 15 years of my life (preschool through twelfth grade), I made the decision to go to college in Atlanta. My criteria were warm weather, more black people than in MN, plenty of miles from mom and dad, and a school with a great Engineering program. I ended up in Spelman and Georgia Tech's dual degree program. In my third year at Spelman I met Kevan, and we have been together ever since.

Meet Kevan:
I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago - the land of Calypso. I spent the first nineteen years of my life there and was raised by my mother in the Catholic faith. It’s a belief system that I hope to pass down to my children.

My primary school education consisted of seven years at Newtown Boys’ R.C. School. I then attended St. Mary’s College also located in the nation’s capital city of Port-of-Spain where I received an education in the Sciences. Deciding that I had had enough of school I took a year off to work and make up my mind about tertiary education. For that year I had the privilege of returning to my alma mater as the youngest teacher on staff - a big responsibility that I believe set the tone for a number of other experiences in my life. After my year’s hiatus, I returned to the academic arena at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

There, I was part of a five year dual degree program - three years at Morehouse and two at GA Tech. Grueling doesn’t even begin to describe the mental, emotional, spiritual and financial challenges I faced in those years. One thing I kept in mind was that God was on my side. He kept his angels on earth praying for me and whenever I would return to Trinidad on vacation from school, we’d have a get-together. Those people are my family members. My extended family is quite big. My maternal grandparents had eleven children and my cousins number in the dozens. Family has always been a very important part of my life. I love them dearly.

Three years after I started working at Goldman, Sachs & Co. I kept a promise to myself and embarked upon a journey to continue my higher education full time. This brought about a lot of change in my life. In the three years I spent at GS, I had gotten married, bought a house, a car, a dog and my wife bore our first child. My return to school, however, meant leaving the suburbs of New Jersey behind and finding suitable accommodations in New York City. There was never such a concrete jungle. Despite the adjustment that was necessary, the family and I made it through the first semester at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

The journey of my life has brought me thus far and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for me next. Keep praying for me and I’ll do the same for you.