Semaj Hazzard is the Sophomore Class President of Delaware State University from Philadelphia, PA. Hazzard is currently studying Secondary Education to work as a high school teacher. He is experiencing a leadership role as both class president and one of Delaware State’s official host. The humble young man shares his upbringing and expresses his opinion on today’s society.
Hornet: Can we get to meet the man behind the face?
Where were you born and what was your upbringing like?
Semaj: I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and I moved to Philadelphia where my parents reside. My upbringing was good. My family and I lived in a quiet part of the city, so I was never involved in any drama.
Hornet: Who has been the greatest influence in your life that has impacted the man you are today?
Semaj: The biggest influence was my grandmother, his mother, father, and stepfather.
Hornet: What about your family?
Semaj: I have a sister, a brother, and a few step siblings.
Hornet: Can you tell us of your education history and what your goals or life ambition was when you were a student in High School?
Semaj: I attended George W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science. It is one of the top schools in Philadelphia, PA. He was an Honor Roll student, had great relationships with staff and faculty, and it helped me with my decision of studying Secondary Education at Delaware State.
Hornet: Can you tell us of your job/education experience prior to attending or taking a job at Delaware State University?
Semaj: I have always been an entertainer. I work for an entertainment company called Explosive Entertainment. I also worked as a life guard during high school. Those positions shaped me into becoming class president.
Hornet: What was the most memorable point at that job/school?
Semaj: The most memorable part was being offered the job to work for Explosive Entertainment. It showed me my worth because I did not apply or ask for the job.
Hornet: Is this where you thought you’d be five or so years ago?
Semaj: Indeed, I come from a family of educators and I, too, wanted to attend college.
Hornet: What informed your decision on doing what you’re doing now?
Semaj: I have a love for people and creating change. I feel that I have been destined to be a leader for my whole life.
Hornet: What are your plans for the future?
Semaj: I want to become a principal of a high school in the Philadelphia School District and maybe pursue an acting career.
Hornet: What kind of advice would you offer a student, who is undecided on his or her career path?
Semaj: Find your passion and once you find it ,pursue it — but make sure that passion is realistic and support yourself.
Hornet: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?
Semaj: In need of more men of color.
Hornet: Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? Where, and how does life outside compare to that in the US?
Semaj: I have traveled to Europe and the Caribbean. In the US, people are very bitter and rude. When it comes to European people, they are willing to open up and help their community rather than be a bystander.
Hornet: What does the future hold for America?
Semaj: It is hard to say at the moment because I feel we are not under the right leadership, but I pray that something great will happen soon.
Hornet: Are you interested in politics? If no, why not? What is your take on the state of politics and the future of the American democracy?
Semaj: I am interested in politics. If the parties keep fighting and keep becoming more separated, less peace will be within America.
Hornet: What are your hobbies or extracurricular activities?
Semaj: Swimming, MC’ing, studying music, and hanging out with friends.
Hornet: How would you describe your philosophy of life? That is, how do you see this life and what principles get you grounded and moving forward?
Semaj: As long as you stay prayed up and keep putting yourself in situations to better yourself, life will be smooth.
Hornet: Let us end this interview with a memorable quote from you. How would you describe yourself to the world?
Semaj: I am… a peaceful, loving, god fearing American.