Deonte’ Barkley of Petersburg High School
A great influence in Deonte’ Barkley’s life is his grandmother. At a young age, she was responsible for raising three children as a single mother. “She told me if she could go back and get her education, she would have,” he said. “So she always kept pushing me to always do the best I possibly could.” Because of her influence, he has continued to work hard in school. As a senior at Petersburg High School, Deonte’ has a 3.2 and is ranked 33rd in his class of 219 students.
Deonte’ plans on continuing his education at Virginia State University this fall. He chose to go to VSU because not only did the school offer him the most money, but he also likes the school’s location. If anything happened at home, he would be close enough to return. He plans on majoring in business marketing and minoring in business agriculture. “I learned that a lot of companies need marketers and advertisers to build their companies,” Deonte’ said about why he chose his major. In relation to business agriculture, he said there will be a big expansion of crops such as tobacco and cannabis in the future. He is interested in studying the industry and learning how people use agriculture and the land to make money.
Deonte’s career plans include obtaining internships in his desired career fields while in college. After he gets his bachelor’s degree, he wants to enter the work force and assist his parents financially. He also desires to go to graduate school after taking some years off. Not only does he want to work in business marketing and agriculture, he also wants to become a licensed real estate agent. “I plan to take a giant step forward and work hard with determination to be promoted to one of the top positions in whatever company I’m working for,” Deonte’ stated in an essay.
As he works hard to excel in the work force, Deonte’ plans to help others through mentoring and even helping new employees at his future job. “I’ll continue to work and enhance my skills to better myself and my work ethics,” he said. He has even planned for retirement and plans to use his retirement pension to start his own electronic business.
While Deonte’ has a plan for life after college, he continued to work hard in high school. He has been a member of organizations such as DECA and Concerned Black Men of Petersburg. By volunteering with these organizations, he has learned, “it’s a lot more people than you think that could probably use your help.”
There are many lessons Deonte’ will take with him to college as he starts the next chapter in his life. These include the fact that it is sometimes better to choose extra study time over having fun and teachers can become friends. With many aspirations and plans for the future, one of the biggest lessons Deonte’ will take with him to college is that “friends come and go, but you always have your family there.”