February 4, 2022

My Story, My Voice: Katelynn Haygood

Black History Month

Katelynn Haygood, Alumni

Katelynn Haygood earned her Associate in Science Degree and now is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in English at Wayne State University. She works in the Geology Department at Wayne State and as a Pharmacy Technician. She hopes to one day bio-engineer plants to improve overall air quality.

To help celebrate Black History Month, we’re pleased to share “My Story, My Voice,” a series of essays written by Schoolcraft College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Please go to schoolcraft.edu/BHM to read the complete collection.

Katelynn Haygood

By Katelynn Haygood, Alumni

Juan Haygood
Katelynn Haygood’s grandfather, Juan Haygood.

Black History Month is a time to remember those who have come before us and what lesson they can teach us in the present. I was lucky to have my grandfather, Juan Haygood, who made a huge impact on my life before he passed. When I was a young girl, he would take me fishing, hiking, and boating with him. My grandfather hated being outdoors and was the kind of man who always wore slacks and dress shoes. However, he knew I loved doing those things and always made time for us to be together. It was those moments of having positive encouragement that helped develop me into the adult I am today.

After he passed away, my dad told me more about his life and the things he accomplished. He was highly educated, a businessman, owned many properties, traveled the world, and lived a very full life. I hope to follow in his footsteps and live my life to the fullest. And also to graduate from the same college he attended, which was Wayne State University. 

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