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  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • Grandma.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • I know he going to do what he got

  • to do, because he a small kid.

  • It's huge.

  • I know, right?

  • I'm in Corning Community College,

  • and I've been here for a week.

  • Bye, Ruddy.

  • Without her, I don't know where I would be.

  • She's always there for me.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • This is why Freshman 15 has hit us.

  • Look at this.

  • Calzones.

  • We got pizza.

  • Got some sushi.

  • Freshman 15 is crazy.

  • The Freshman 15, it's really real.

  • The Freshman 15 is definitely real.

  • You can get, like whatever you want.

  • We have a free meal plan, so you can swipe whenever.

  • Come on.

  • It's all-you-can-eat.

  • I love that.

  • It's awesome!

  • Let me go to the dining hall, catch a little bite.

  • And a little bite turns into a whole meal.

  • Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday.

  • I've gained 10 pounds since I got here.

  • It's been a month.

  • It's really bad.

  • I'm the only person that's not gaining weight.

  • And I don't understand why.

  • [GIGGLING]

  • In a community where only 4% of the kids go to college,

  • students come from homes where the homes sometimes

  • have no food.

  • These kids have overcome all kinds of things,

  • and all they want to do is go to college.

  • And we reached out to the people at Walmart.

  • They want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship.

  • [CHEERING]

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • I cannot wait to see in four years what these young people

  • are going to do.

  • I can't wait to see how we helped launch their lives.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • I'm so happy I don't live, like, further down.

  • These hallways are long.

  • And I'm just lazy.

  • I feel like I've been here for three months.

  • In reality, I've only been here for like three weeks.

  • But it seem like it's been a while.

  • My mom was emotional taking me to college.

  • And I was emotional, as well.

  • Don't cry.

  • I'm all right.

  • I'm OK.

  • I'm OK.

  • OK, bye.

  • I got over it quicker than she did.

  • I don't get emotional a lot.

  • Like, for me to cry and stuff like that,

  • it seemed unreal, because that's not like me at all.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • I felt like I handle it differently

  • because I watch my surroundings.

  • We grew up in a tough environment,

  • and showing weakness showed you're not

  • ready for that type of lifestyle.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • Growing up in Bed-Stuy, we had to always hold our own,

  • you know.

  • Show that we're not weak or anything.

  • Do you think showing emotion is a weakness?

  • Everyone cries.

  • Everyone shows sadness.

  • Everyone shows emotions once in a while.

  • Whether it's in front of people or not, we all show emotions.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • Well, actually, I'm doing much better.

  • Much better.

  • The first two weeks, Ruddy kept calling me and calling me.

  • One o'clock in the morning he was calling me.

  • It was scaring me because I thought something was going on.

  • But somebody did a fire alarm at his school,

  • so everybody had to evacuate.

  • Then a couple of days later, somebody

  • flooded the whole school.

  • Then he was calling me, oh, I need three books.

  • I got to pay for it.

  • There was so much going on the first two weeks.

  • So much.

  • He only called me when he had the problems.

  • But I've been calling him.

  • He haven't been answering.

  • So I've been texting.

  • Part of me feel like he forgetting about me.

  • He don't call me that much.

  • I have to call him.

  • Sometime he don't answer.

  • He calls me back later.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • So first week of class went good for you?

  • Yeah.

  • You like your teachers?

  • Yep.

  • My English teacher looks like Ellen DeGeneres.

  • What a coininky-dinky.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • It is actually a really big culture shock.

  • Because like, I'm used to taking the bus to school.

  • I'm not used to walking just next door to where

  • I live to go to a class.

  • Thank you, Madam.

  • This library's huge compared to my high school.

  • Of course it is.

  • Ooh, it smells like brown sugar oatmeal up in here.

  • There's books.

  • Oh.

  • How do you get to books though?

  • You have to--

  • Twist it?

  • I never did this ever in my life.

  • I just made my own aisle.

  • This is lit.

  • What if you've had to live in houses like this?

  • It'd be awesome, I'm sure.

  • Am

  • I would make the best of it.

  • I would take all these people, like, all these people

  • would all come in one circle and have a party.

  • For real.

  • With some Capri Suns.

  • Capri Suns?

  • Do you have a book by Ellen DeGeneres?

  • We might.

  • Let me open that back up for you.

  • You guys do know that's my favorite person.

  • You know that, right?

  • How do you spell her last name?

  • Ooooh!

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • I feel weird asking.

  • It's D-- D-E-G-E-N-O-- no.

  • E-R-O-U-S. Dang.

  • E-R?

  • Dang.

  • Unfortunately, we don't have anything by her.

  • That's a shame.

  • Ohhh.

  • If you wanted to make a request for it.

  • Yeah.

  • I'll request it for you.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • So, like, we all get along really well.

  • It's not like an issue or anything

  • Yeah, you know, you would think with three college-aged boys

  • living in a room together, that it would be absolute chaos.

  • But everyone gets along, and it's really, really good.

  • Who's the messiest of the three of you?

  • Me, for sure.

  • No.

  • I don't think so, actually.

  • No, I'm definitely--

  • But honestly, we usually--

  • the roommates like kept clean at all times, which

  • is really surprising.

  • Yeah, I don't know.

  • Whose the loudest?

  • That would be me.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • That would definitely be you.

  • That would be me.

  • I just feel more--

  • well, first I feel more free.

  • You know, in terms of family and stuff.

  • I'm away from home, so I don't have

  • to worry about my grandma begin, like, you have to come home

  • now, at 7 p.m. or whatever.

  • I'm more connected with everyone who

  • has the same interests as me.

  • Back in high school, we all like different things and stuff.

  • Now that I go to an art school, it's

  • like we all have the same mindset.

  • We all, like, are dedicated to our craft and our art.

  • And we all stay focused, which is

  • something I love being a part of and being surrounded by.

  • Yeah.

  • I do a lot though.

  • I do a lot.

  • So I'm an actor.

  • I also rap.

  • Do a little.

  • He's so, like, multi-talented.

  • So he would like play the piano while rapping at the same time.

  • And I'm like, wow, I can't do that.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Like, wow, that's really good.

  • No, but, like, he's really good.

  • If y'all want to hear something, like actually I have a little--

  • No, please, listen to one of his songs.

  • It's, like, so good on a spiritual level.

  • Let's hear it.

  • 2017, America kind of seems like a parody of itself.

  • I mean, the times are changing.

  • Look how we changing with it.

  • We went from the first black president

  • to a not my president.

  • Now we at the precipice of the ending that seems evident.

  • Why is that?

  • Is it because I'm black?

  • Is it because of the melanin of my skin so radiant in the sun?

  • Or maybe I'm just a raisin ready to be burnt, ready to be

  • left so cold in the dirt.

  • And it appears that apocalypse is getting closer.

  • And we--

  • That's all I got so far.

  • Yeah, that was off the top.

  • That was something for y'all, so.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • I'm going to try to FaceTime my mom right now

  • and see if she answers.

  • She's going to be excited to speak to me though.

  • [RINGING]

  • Hi, mommy.

  • Hi, Ruddy-poo.

  • You FaceTimed me?

  • Oh, I am so happy to see you.

  • Oh, wow.

  • You don't call me like you-- you don't call me.

  • I do call you.

  • No, you don't call me.

  • I text you.

  • No, but I call you back.

  • I could be FaceTiming her more.

  • I take responsibility for that.

  • But I like to text more than I like to speak on the phone.

  • But I feel like we speak a lot.

  • Maybe just not enough for her though.

  • You didn't forget about me?

  • No, I would never forget about you.

  • Oh, okay.

  • Oh, I miss you.

  • Oh, I miss you, too.

  • All right.

  • I'm going to go back to work.

  • OK.

  • Love you.

  • Love you, too.

  • Bye.

  • Bye.

  • See?

  • Progress.

  • The first day.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • What test you have today?

  • My arts history exam.

  • It won't be that hard.

  • It's mostly multiple choice.

  • I think there's going to be a difference between high school

  • and college though.

  • I think I'm really, like, need to start studying a lot.

  • I realize the competition here is really high.

  • So like, back in high school, there