Malik Williams Puts Best Foot Forward
January 24, 2013
CU Sophomore Class President Malik Williams believes in overcoming adversities, doing his best and beating the odds
Pittsburgh, PA native Malik Williams chose Cheyney University of Pennsylvania because he wanted to stay in the state and attend one of the Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBCUs). Of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) colleges, Cheyney University (CU) was the only one that fit the bill. The 20 year old sophomore has been making a name for himself ever since freshman year when he was voted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
One of the things that Malik likes best about CU is its small class size. "I love Cheyney and its small teacher to student ratio," he says. "You get that personal one-on-one time that you really need to excel in your classes and you’re not just another number here at Cheyney. You’re part of the family and they treat you as such. They develop you and groom you into being a successful individual after graduation."
The always meticulously dressed Business Administration major believes in putting his best foot forward and making a lasting impression. Currently President of the sophomore class at CU, Malik is a Peer Mentor, Student Ambassador who takes prospective students on tours and educates them about all that Cheyney University has to offer, Resident Hall President, and member of the NAACP and The Brotherhood and the Sisterhood. While he hopes to go into hotel management after attending graduate school for business, he also sees himself in politics one day.
Malik got his first real taste of politics last year when he spoke out against budget cuts for higher education at a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Malik knows the financial hardships many of his classmates have when it comes to funding college. He, too, had a tough time when his parents split up while he was a teenager, forcing him to go to five different high schools in four different states.
“We’re going to have trials in our life,” Malik explains. “It’s not where you stand in a time of comfort, it’s where you stand in a time of controversy that really determines the quality of the person you are.”
Malik’s determination nabbed him an internship last summer at the 7th largest marketing company in the country. He credits Cheyney University and its alumni for giving him a strong support system and making him part of the team. “They give so much money to kids so they can stay in school,” he acknowledges. “They take care of us and care about us like our own family.”