Alum Pursues Burning Desire to Make World Better MDC alumnus Edward Mercado is off to grad school. It is an exciting time to be a political science major, and no one is more aware of that than Edward Mercado, recipient of a 2014 Tuskegee Transfer Scholarship Award. “It is a crazy moment, that is for sure,” the young MDC alum said. Mercado has had a passion for politics since his early high school days. “I would watch the news on CNN and had a burning desire to make the world better,” Mercado recalled. “It seemed like the best way to do that was to get into politics.” At Miami Dade College, Mercado’s professors helped him focus his efforts and more fully understand the contexts and mechanics of how politics works. After earning an MDC associate degree, he won the transfer scholarship and headed to Tuskegee to pursue a bachelor’s degree. At Tuskegee, Mercado has been captivated with the work of W.E.B. Du- Bois, especially The World and Africa, which describes the importance of African contributions to the world and culture. “DuBois is the one who really blew me away,” said Mercado. “He got me even more excited about politics than I had been before.” Mercado will be graduating in the spring and is now evaluating graduate schools. While he already has been accepted at Villanova University, he also is looking at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago along with Baruch College of City University of New York. As to whether he will ever throw his hat into the ring as a candidate, that is still under consideration. “At first I wanted to run for office,” he said. “Now, after studying state failure in the Sudan, I’m interested in international policy.” On the home front, Mercado is wary, “There are massive changes in political alignments and massive cleavages. We’re definitely at a tipping point.”
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