Traveling abroad helps Oakland student realize his own potential

OAKLAND — Many of us dream large about life, jobs and journey. Robert Green resides these desires and extra.

In 2019 Green was a senior at Mt Eden High School, acing his coursework and preparing for school in Minnesota, the place he hoped to get a PhD and finally develop into a professor. What a distinction three years could make in somebody’s life.

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Flash ahead and Green’s again house in Oakland for the summer season, on the brink of begin his junior yr at Pitzer College in Southern California. He’s additionally began a brand new profession after being recruited for a job.

Students Rising Above scholar Robert Green
Students Rising Above scholar Robert Green


” I’m an affiliate investments at Capital Group,” stated Green. “I work on product administration for credit score change funds that the present hedge fund is like pushing out. It’s a summer season job, however hopefully on the finish of the month I’ll have a proposal.”

So what’s a historical past main doing in finance? Green says his means of switching profession objectives from professor to monetary wiz was the results of some critical soul looking out and good humor.

“What am I good at?” Green says he requested himself. “What do I like? And I used to be like, ‘I like cash!”

Financial success was solely a part of the equation for Green. HIs private, cultural and communal expertise additionally was an element.

“I believe somebody from my background of being like a low earnings, like homosexual Black man…rising up in Oakland, like issues occur to me,” defined Green. “I do not affect currents. I do not affect the market. So I believe bringing that perspective, of being an under-represented individual and getting into these areas the place I’ve no enterprise being in that I actually carry one other perspective. I actually carry that influence and really can have a constructive influence in my group.”

Green’s group now contains mates he made throughout a semester he spent learning abroad in Africa. The journey was life altering.

“For the primary time going to Africa I noticed like Black folks filling completely different personalities, completely different viewpoints, completely different folks on the political spectrum,” stated Green. “It actually like introduced out my true self. Like, I actually discovered myself on that journey.”

Green’s entrepreneur course of was sparked too.

“In Africa, you noticed like Black bankers, you noticed like Black traders, you noticed like Black actual property brokers,” stated Green. “So it actually opened my eyes as much as many alternative profession fields that I did not even know I might presumably do.”

For now Green says his reminiscences of Africa will spur him in the direction of success. First cease shall be his school commencement. Then hopefully full time employment in finance, primarily based in Africa, the nation he is grown to like as his own. Green already has a visit again to Africa booked in December. His purpose shall be to see mates and do onsite analysis on house leases and job alternatives.

“It was like the primary time the place I used to be identical to, blackness is vibrant,” stated Green of his time in Africa. “Like it taught me that my blackness is exclusive to me, and it is a course of of constructing it my own.”


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