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Creating Legacy with Lull Mengesha: Entrepreneur, Writer, Published Author, Speaker, Mentor

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Lull Mengesha is the author of "The Only Black Student", a book that evolved from casual group and one on one discussions into written form during the latter years of Lull's undergraduate experience. On campus, Lull worked as a student ambassador for the Office of Minority Affairs. He then provided guidance to college-bound high school students who feared that they wouldn’t succeed socially and academically at a Predominantly White Institution. Many had only interacted with people of similar economic and ethnic backgrounds before entering a PWI. Compiling input from his mentors, mentees, and peers over the course of three years, he completed and published his first edition of The Only Black Student. Lull never considered himself a writer, but was driven by the desire to inscribe the wisdom to others that he wished someone had shared with him when his academic journey began. *******Life has taken Lull down an unanticipated yet rewarding path. As an undergraduate, he completed prerequisites for dental school and majored in economics, primarily because he felt that both of these areas of study were safe and practical. However, in his senior year, Lull made the decision to put dental school aside in pursuit of a more fulfilling profession. He had always been interested in business, community service, and entrepreneurship … so he decided to develop his leadership skills. After graduation from college, he applied for jobs at consulting firms and local technical companies to put his economics degree to use. He took on odd jobs that included working for a cleaning service and tutoring high school and early college students. Then Boeing offered him a great position as a Functional Analyst. Lull is in the process of receiving his Master of Science Degree in Information Management and saved enough money over the past few years to purchase his first home. What a journey for a young man that people didn't expect to graduate from high school, college and graduate school!

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