Travion N. Thomas is a 22-year-old Senior, Agricultural Science major at Alcorn State University (ASU). He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, also known as “The Delta”, but moved to Jackson, Mississippi at the age of seven. His mom, Latoia Collins, is a single mother who instilled humility and work ethic into both Thomas and his twin brother Javion.
His childhood was somewhat interesting to say the least. He attended five schools before settling in at Terry High School in Terry, Mississippi. This, amongst other trials, would have a major impact on his perception of life. In the fifth grade he tragically lost his father to gun violence which prompted him to seek one of his greatest but most challenging goals, the journey towards self-discovery.
Being a fifth-year Senior, he emphasized the importance of his experience here at Alcorn. Resilience, determination and individuality are all factors that he has developed while pursuing his degree. The strength and his ability to continuously seek growth has paid off in a multitude of ways. He interned with Cargill Protein for twelve weeks over the Summer of 2022. While there, he was able to acquire hands-on knowledge about the process of egg operations. This great experience of learning about proteins and nutrients has led Thomas into his last year with great confidence. He is now looking towards graduation with excitement instead of fear.
His goals are inspiring. He hopes to secure a lasting career in his field and eventually work towards creating his own business. Marriage, a family, and a house on a farm are also attainable goals that he has set for himself.
“God has helped me through so many bad times but provided me with good times as well. With His help, all of my goals will be achieved,” stated Thomas.