Sandy Womack ’92 Offers Words of Wisdom to Mount Union Students
February 12, 2010
Sandy Womack Jr., a 1992 graduate of Mount Union, offered words of wisdom to a group of multicultural students on Thursday evening at Mount Union in honor of Black History Month.
Womack explained to the students that he had moved nearly 17 times before the age of 16, and at the age of 16, he was living on his own. He admits he had a rough beginning, but he preached to the students that, “it’s never how you start, it’s how you finish.”
As a freshman at Mount Union, class was difficult for Womack, even though he had a 4.0 grade point average his senior year in high school. “Now I have a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a principal licensure. I’ve written a book and have spoken all over the United States.
He encouraged the students in the audience to find out what they were good at and pursue those endeavors. “I don’t know what you’re good at,” he said. “It may be art, sports, music, writing or computer skills. I don’t know. But God gave me wrestling.”
Womack didn’t have a great grade point average in high school, but he was offered scholarships, work study and a vast amount of financial aid from Mount Union. He also got an off-campus job to pay for rent and tuition. As a student, he was a member of the wrestling team and majored in elementary education. “Mount Union didn’t have athletic scholarships,” Womack explained. “But I got here.”
“It (Mount Union) wasn’t what I thought it was,” he said. “But it was an excellent experience for me. You will get an education that will take you places.”
Womack has worked in the educational system for many years, and is currently the principal at Hartford Middle School in Canton, OH. When asked why he decided to pursue education, he explained that “in order to be a coach, I needed to be a teacher. It (education) put me in the position to make a difference in others’ lives.”
In conclusion, he expressed to the students that Barack Obama being named president of the United States isn’t anything out of reach. He also passed around a document that listed African-American inventors to show the students what African-Americans have accomplished.
“The world is yours,” said Womack. “But you have to put in the effort. From here, you can go anywhere. Here at Mount Union, you will get an education that will teach you how to read, write, speak and most importantly, think.”