Graduate Spotlight: Willie Fulks

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A young man wearing a graduation gown and orange stoll stands next to a bear statue. The statue has a rolled up piece of paper, like a diploma, in its mouth.
Willie Fulks

Willie Fulks, a 2022 graduate of Mercer University‘s School of Engineering, earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in computer engineering.

What are your plans after graduation?

My plans are to find a career in software engineering, with a focus on programming. My whole college career I’ve been a rapper and producer, as well as a student, so I’ll continue to make music as well.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor was Dr. Andy Digh. I was forced to retire from football due to an injury while taking his summer programming class. He worked with me to make sure I was still caught up, even though I wasn’t able to make it to a lot of classes.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

Performing at the last Mercer Battle of the Bands we had before the pandemic. I did two songs that are unreleased from my album. It was a great experience to be on stage in Mercer Village with a huge crowd out for Family Weekend.

What was your favorite class and why?

The most entertaining class was calculus II with Dr. Kedrick Hartfield during my freshman year. It was one of the hardest classes too, but it was still fun, which I appreciate.

How do you plan on changing the world?

With my music and with my work. Spreading positivity as much as possible. I know I’ll create great things that will change the world, but I want to make sure I’m changing the world for the better.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Make sure to set aside time to do your work. I made sure that every day I did some work outside of class, even if it was just 10 minutes. Sometimes those 10 minutes will save you on a weekly quiz.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

By creating an environment where I can live on my own and learn a lot about life, not just engineering. I came to Mercer to play football, but I stayed because of my commitment to my education. Just living my life at Mercer University has prepared me for my future.

What makes Mercer special to you?

The location. Macon is in the center of Georgia, and it has something from all of Georgia in it. Honestly, you either hate it or love it, and if I hated it I would’ve left before I got this far.

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