By Katie Malatino

Victory Abraham ’24 has thrived at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Not only has he succeeded academically, but his achievements outside of the classroom have been equally meaningful.

“My most memorable experience at RPI has been football with my brothers,” said Abraham. “Waking up and enduring the grind every day to achieve the goal to go to the playoffs and win a national championship has been amazing. Even just stopping and looking around at practice and taking in the situation was great.” Abraham played in the cornerback position for the Engineers, who won the Liberty League Championship and took back The Dutchman Shoes trophy from Union College when he was a sophomore.

Abraham was also a member of the African Students Association and the Black Students Alliance. “I joined these clubs to find more students who looked like me so I could see more representation on campus and spread more of our culture to the community!” said Abraham.

Although one of the reasons Abraham chose RPI was the rigorous academics, it still came as a bit of a shock just how rigorous some of the curricula was. “My most memorable academic moment was freshman year,” said Abraham. “I stayed up until 5 a.m. doing an assignment for data analytics class. That was my ‘welcome to college’ moment!”

Abraham will earn his bachelor’s in business and management this month, but as a co-term student, he is continuing his education and working towards his master’s in business administration. Following graduation, he will intern with Merchants Fleet in New Hampshire with CEO and President Brendan Keegan ’91.

Although the Massachusetts native struggled with homesickness at first while at RPI, Abraham advises freshmen to get out of their comfort zones. “Explore! It’s important to learn about yourself and figure out what you do and don’t like,” he said. “College is all about growth: growing to become the best person you can be. Don’t do yourself a disservice and hold yourself back!”