Two Suitcases, 25 Dollars, and A Dream

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In the year 2006 he packed up his suitcases. His dad handed him $25, and said to go pursue your dreams. He got on a plane in New Delhi, India, traveled across the world and landed in an entirely new culture.

“So I landed in Tampa with 2 suitcases, 25 dollars in my pocket and a dream.” said Godwin Mathew, 25.

Like everyone else, after high school graduation Mathew was looking for different options on where to further his education. He knew he didn’t have the patience for engineering or medicine but he did have a passion for broadcast that he couldn’t ignore.

“I looked to the west from the east, because that’s where all broadcast came from” said Mathew. After applying to schools in Canada, Europe, and the United States, he met a family that encouraged him to come to the US and suggested that he participate in a missions program called Masters Commission (MC).

“I didn’t know what Masters Commission was, but they explained that it would be a great thing for me to get adjusted to the states so I went ahead and applied and interviewed over the phone” said Mathew. Once accepted into MC, he knew where he was going. He wasn’t sure what would come after this season, but he knew he would be in the United States for at least 9 months.

During his time at MC, Mathew had the opportunity to travel the east coast, giving him a taste of the different cultures and people in America.

“I was under the impression that I would see one America” Mathew explained that he was surprised to see a different America than he had ever envisioned, as he traveled to northern New York and over to Midwest Ohio. “I didn’t expect to see different variations of America,” he said.

While Masters Commission was a great learning experience for Mathew, he still had a passion to pursue a career in the industry of broadcast, so he continued to look for Universities, now in the US.

“I began looking at other schools including Clearwater Christian, when my friend invited me to visit Southeastern University,” explained Godwin. He fell in love with the campus and after making certain that they could offer a broadcast degree, began the process of applying.

“I knew that they had what I wanted, but I didn’t have the money. Remember, I came with 2 suitcases and 25 dollars,” Mathew recalls. He was able to get a descent amount of scholarship money his first year and help from a family friend who gave him some financial assistance to get him started.

“In May of 2007 I officially began my degree in broadcast without knowing how I would pay for the next 4 years.”

Mathew began to learn all that he could about broadcast by spending hours in Southeastern Universities Bolin Studio. “It helped me to understand what I needed to know so that I could talk to people about broadcast.” As he learned, he began to have more of a passion for broadcast.

After successfully completing his first internship at a local radio station, he knew that his heart was with television. His junior year of college his degree required him to have an internship so he began applying all across the nation. “Some of my friends told me to start small, start in Florida. To which I said, no, I have the requirements to be a part of a bigger thing, in the national circuit, and I’m going to try.”

Mathew spent six months creating a resume and cover letter that would appeal to a national audience. He said, “I read all kinds of books that had to do with media, and reached out to local media trying to understand how things work and what things I could highlight.”

So finally after six months Mathew had something close to what he wanted and he began applying. “I applied to CNN, ABC, CBS and FOX,” explained Mathew.

3 weeks passed and finally he got a call while he was in class. He missed the call, but while listening to the message, his heart began beating fast as the lady on the recording explained that she was the internship coordinator for the CBS nightly news.

“It was a priceless feeling that someone in Manhattan had taken the time to look at my resume and call me,” Mathew said.

He had a successful interview with CBS and a week passed without Mathew telling anyone anything about it. Then it happened.

“I got a big piece of mail with the CBS logo on it and I knew it meant something good.” Mathew described the moment that he opened the envelope to a piece of paper that said congratulations Godwin Mathew you have been included in our internship program.

Mathew spent three months with CBS in New York City during the summer of 2010 and came back to Southeastern University for his senior year with many stories and experiences. In May of 2011 he successfully graduated with a degree in broadcast and then began applying for jobs, once again, nationwide.

During the summer of 2011 Mathew lived with one of his college buddies while looking for jobs. He was one week away from beginning a job search in New York City when one of his contacts mentioned an opening at the Weather Channel.

“I immediately applied and within 24 hours I got a phone call,” Mathew said. He drove from Florida to Atlanta Georgia for an interview and when he finished they told him that he could join their team as soon as he finished his background check.

“At the end of August I moved to Atlanta Georgia and now I am officially working for the weather channel that is owned by NBC” Mathew said. His role right now is part of broadcast operations and is a job of many responsibilities.

Shoot for the stars, is what Mathew says he has learned through all of his experiences. “Do not compromise and work hard.”

Mathew’s dad gave him the typical ‘work hard’ speech when he was young, but he says it came alive when he landed in the US with 2 suitcases and 25 dollars. “It came alive when I got to New York City. It came alive when I graduated from college. And it finally came alive when I got my job in Atlanta.”

Mathew inspires young people who are anxious about their future to be where you are, but be the best where you are. “Sooner or later, your destiny will come and knock on your door. It’s God’s favor,” Mathew says.

Mathew was just a young man with 2 suitcases and 25 dollars in his pocket, but he had something much more than that. Something that would take him far in life. Something called a dream.

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About relating2thepublic

I am 21 years old and attend Southeastern University where I am pursuing my degree in journalism and public relations. I have many dreams and passions and I have decided to begin taking action now in accomplishing these dreams. I believe that everyone can be great, but they must persevere through struggles. I hope that my blog is an encouragement to you!

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