Joycelyn Wilson, assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC), and LMC student Jaylend Ratliffe were featured and quoted in the article "6 years after ATV accident, Georgia Tech’s Jaylend Ratliffe nears the finish line," on May 20, 2020 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ratliffe, who was committed to play quarterback at Georgia Tech before an ATV accident ended his athletic career, nonetheless enrolled at the school and is set to graduate this summer with his degree from LMC. Wilson, who has taught Ratliffe, spoke to his academic dedication.
Ratliffe continues to wrestle with his sense of self, but he is also on the precipice of completing his degree. If all goes as planned, he’ll finish his coursework at the end of July and take the first steps of his work career.
“I think that this is one story of a young man who came to one of the top engineering schools in the world and made it happen for himself,” said Joycelyn Wilson, an assistant professor whose Science, Race and Technology class Ratliffe took in the spring of 2019. “And he didn’t make it happen on the football field. He made it happen in the classroom.”