USM graduate heading to Drexel University


Beneficial aspects seem to happen in twos for University of St. Martin (USM) student and soon to be graduate Shevon Fleming.

Both Shevon and his twin brother Kevon will be graduating from USM on June 13, 2009. While this milestone will be celebrated by the identical twins, Shevon is also celebrating another milestone in his life.


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The young and studious Fleming has been accepted to the prestigious Drexel University where he will be continuing for his bachelor’s degree in Finance. How Shevon got to this stage is another coincidence of the twos mentioned earlier.

Shevon was part of the USM Travel Club that visited Philadelphia and Drexel University in July 2008. As the story goes, while Shevon was accepted to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and several other colleges, his heart was at Drexel but was uncertain about acceptance to such a prestigious university.

According to Instructor and Travel Club advisor Jean Laws, "it was also interesting that when we arrived at Drexel and stepped into the Admissions Office…USM students names flashed across a welcome screen…Shevon took pictures of his name."

"That name on the screen and the visit have now become a reality for him. He was accepted as an international transfer student a week ago."

Ms. Laws was instrumental in ensuring Shevon complied with all the admissions requirements and also hand delivered his admissions documents to the international advisor at Drexel.

 In addition to being accepted by Drexel, Shevon is graduating from USM with honors and has also received an honors scholarship from Drexel. At USM his major was Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and now he is looking at Finance.

"Set high goals and strive your best to accomplish them," is his advice to future students.

He noted that his biggest challenge at USM was the ability to manage his time efficiently since working and studying posed a great challenge to him. He added that he chose to study at USM to get the foundation for his tertiary education and studying on St. Maarten first has broadened his perspective on what the private and public sectors offer.

In addition to studying, Shevon also touts the Annual USM Talent Show as his favorite campus-wide event and CIS 101 as his favorite class. Fleming, former USM Ambassador, also lauds the personal attention given by instructors, the classroom size, and student life at USM.

"The size and atmosphere of the classes created a sense of comfort where personal attention (is) given to each individual," a modest Fleming said.

As far as the beneficial aspects of the twos go, Shevon will be offering support and encouragement to his twin brother Kevon who will be attending FAMU in Tallahassee and majoring in accounting. Both brothers plan to pursue their master degrees in Finance once they complete their bachelors.

USM wishes the two much success in their future endeavors.