Carved into the rolling Santa Monica Mountains, hugging Southern California’s Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine University is home to arguably the most scenic college campus experience the United States has to offer. Located in Malibu, California, along 21 miles of coastline, Josh Mickens’ upcoming collegiate adventure sounds more like the opening credits to a film than a college experience. However, after ten years of attending Cape Henry Collegiate and living along 38 miles of East Coast shoreline, Josh is prepared to venture 2700 miles across the country to carry the lessons he has learned and continue to grow on a new coast.
Josh began his experience applying for early acceptance from eight schools in Pepperdine University, Lynn University, Christopher Newport University, Florida International University, Eckerd College, Johnson and Wales-North Miami, and Nova Southeastern University. After receiving admission from all eight schools, his list was immediately narrowed.
“I was terrified. I did not think I would get into most of those schools, especially Pepperdine. Hearing that I got in was really exciting and also a relief because it is where I wanted to go the most,” Josh Mickens began of his college search.
As his search continued, the lure of a warm climate and the proximity to the beach began to emerge. As such, the collection of eight acceptance letters was thinned to two potential choices: Lynn University and Pepperdine University.
“I do not like cold weather, and I love the beach; Malibu is the best of both worlds. They have exactly what I am looking for as my major, and to top it all off, Ezden is going there too. We have been friends since I got to Cape Henry, so there was a comfort factor even though it is on the opposite coast,” Mickens continued.
After deciding to attend Pepperdine University, majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Sociology, he is now able to breathe a sigh of relief and relish in the opportunities he is now presented. As he sees it, he is just excited about the whole experience. He is ready for the freedom that comes with the college experience and is beyond excited about the environment he is prepared to enter. Most of all, Josh seems ready to meet new people and forge more friendships. However, as exciting as the future is for Josh, he admits he would be remiss to forget the family, friends, and teachers while promising to do his best to stay in touch.
“My favorite part of Cape is either when the crowd shows up for home basketball games or the Cabaret. The gym is just electric, and you can literally feel the energy when everyone shows up. Cabaret is also an amazing experience. I got to share it with two guys I consider my brothers for three of my four performances, and I can honestly say that I will never forget it,” Josh added of his senior year.
Continuing to list numerous teachers, peers, and courses, which meant a great deal to Josh, it was apparent the impact Mrs. Lindsey Noel had on him from his time in Middle School. From encouraging him to step out of his comfort zone to pushing him to be a better student. He acknowledged the impact she had by simply being a listening ear without fear of judgment even as he moved into High School. Concerning his most impactful course, without question, Josh believes Mr. Logan’s Chorus class will stick with him the most for allowing him to create a bond with two friends he considers family, as well as the passion Mr. Sammie Logan brings to his classroom. Josh admits he will miss Cape Henry, and credits all of his experiences, his ups and his downs, for helping him become who he is today.
As we bid farewell to one of the most resilient classes to graduate from Cape Henry Collegiate, Josh Mickens’ contagious smile and infectious spirit will undoubtedly be missed throughout the campus. From his professionalism to his selflessness, Josh Mickens is destined for great things as he moves on from CHC. As Josh Mickens closes the door on this chapter, he would like to leave some final advice for his younger peers preparing to be in his shoes:
“Cherish the relationships you make while you’re here. Take some chances too, put yourself out there a little. The happiest moments come when you take a risk.”