HPU Graduates Teach Students To 'Make It Happen'

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 15, 2009 – High Point University graduates Lamont Estes and John Tobias know how important positive role models are to students – and they’re setting their sights to make those positive role models available to many children and teens through their organization, “Make It Happen.”
Founded by Estes and Tobias, “Make It Happen” is working with Communities in Schools of High Point to provide guidance and resources to help students succeed. The HPU graduates send the message to students that they have the power to do whatever they want in life.
The two friends formed the partnership not long ago, after they spoke to a class of graduate students about pursuing their dreams.
“We feel that the true definition of success is not how much money you make, but doing something that you love and have a passion for – because if you do something that you are passionate about, eventually the money will come,” Tobias says. “The sad thing is that most people don’t go after their passion. Instead, they just simply settle for the norm. We both recognize this, therefore, we not only instill in students to go after their passion, but we also give them the tools and resources to help make their dreams become a reality.”

While the two have careers outside of this venture, they feel it’s their duty to pass along this positive message. “To do anything in life that you want to do, it is up to you to make it happen,” Estes says.
Most recently, Estes and Tobias were featured in a TV segment on Fox 8 WGHP as they worked with students at Andrews High School in High Point.
Both Estes and Tobias earned the degree of Master of Science at HPU.  
For more information about Make It Happen, visit the organization’s Web site, http://www.umakeithappen.us/.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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